Images Above: Top Left, Waiting at the Dock for the Water Taxi as a Speed Boat leaves the Marina. Top Right: The Dillon Marina Boat Launch. Bottom Left: Views of Lake Dillon. Bottom Right: Bikers coming off the water taxi.
The Lake Dillon Water Taxi is now open for the 2012 summer season and is running shuttles daily between the Frisco and Dillon Marinas. The water taxi runs across Lake Dillon, offering guests not only a ride, but a beautiful scenic tour across Lake Dillon. The ride offers up breathtaking views and is a great way to experience the lake from a whole new perspective, without the hassle or expense of renting and/or driving an unfamiliar boat. This weekend I had the pleasure of my first water taxi ride. After the quick boarding at the Dillon Marina, we set sail for our 25 minute ride across the lake in the pontoon boat that is decked out with comfortable chairs, an optional sunshade and of course the 360 degree panoramic views. Along the way, our ‘captain’ and owner of the company, Mike Russo, gave us some brief history of the area and pointed out some of the beautiful landmarks and sights, including the Gore Range, 10-Mile Range, an old mining town, and even a glimpse of Keystone’s Dercum Mountain. Sailboats, speed boats, and even some kayakers were also out enjoying the lake this weekend. At 3,300 acres and with 24 miles of shoreline, Lake Dillon is the summertime gem of Summit County.
SummitCove and the Lake Dillon Water Taxi have partnered together for the 2012 Summer Season, with all SummitCove guests receiving a discount on water taxi rides with their coupon in the Summer Edition of the Key to Keystone Coupon Book. Visitors can choose to start from either side of the lake at the Dillon or Frisco Marinas and choose from a round trip ride or shuttle one-way. The boat allows bikes, baby shuttles, and even dogs on board. Make an afternoon of it by riding your bike or driving down to the Marina, ride the taxi across the lake, stop for lunch or a drink at the Island Grill at the Frisco Marina, do some shopping on Frisco’s Main Street, and then head back on the water taxi whenever you are ready. The taxi phone is (970) 486-0250 and although there is no set schedule other than the daily start and stop times, you are welcome to call the taxi line at any time and they will be able to give you a rough estimate of the next departure time, average time between marinas is 30-45 minutes. The Lake Dillon Water Taxi boarding information and pickup locations can be found here.
In addition to its taxi service, the company offers private charter services 7 days a week for groups who want the luxury of having a vessel for their own private use. Over the years they have accommodated many family reunions, wedding groups and corporate outings. While they do not serve food and drink, you are welcome to bring your own on-board. All private charter prices include a captain who will take care of the driving while your group relaxes and takes in the scenery. Try this service for a beautiful sunset cruise or just a fun afternoon with friends or family!
If you are looking for that one summer activity where all the members of your group, no matter how young or old, can be together, this is one activity that is sure to please them all. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when playing outdoors and bring a light jacket on the boat, as there may be a breeze out on the lake. The taxi will run rain or shine unless lightening is spotted, and rain jackets are available to wear during the ride if necessary. The taxi services typically run from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. Be sure to bring your camera, as the views are spectacular! The Lake Dillon Water Taxi is definitely a must-do while visiting Summit County!
Images Above: Top Left, Views while heading towards Frisco. Top Right: Mother and Daughter enjoying a day on the lake. Bottom Left: Captain Mike entertains throughout the ride. Bottom Right: Kayakers paddling near the Frisco Marina.