Fishing for Fun on Lake Dillon with Big Ed’s Fishing Adventures

Coming to Keystone in the summer is a family tradition.  We bring 4 generations of family from grandparents to little kids.  We stay in one of SummitCove Lodging’s large, beautiful homes, this summer it was the Keystone Grand Lodge #633. We always plan group activities but with varied age groups and interests, we have found it challenging to find an activity that everyone wants to do and can do.  However, this summer we found the perfect outing for everyone in our family! Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures! We have a bunch of fisher people in the family and a few that have never fished at all. The wonderful part about Big Ed’s is they had a boat big enough for all of us and for the family that did not want to fish it was only $40.00 for them to come on the boat with us.  SummitCove also had a coupon so the kids could fish for free with a paying adult in their summer discount book. It was something everyone in our group could enjoy and afford!

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We had a beautiful day on Lake Dillon.  The water was calm and the views were amazing!  Our fishing guide was fantastic and knew exactly where to take us to catch the most fish.  We caught Rainbow and Brown Trout. The kids were delighted with how many fish they caught and the more serious fisher people could not believe the size of the trout.  Our non fishing family members said, they would not have missed this day on the Lake and watching everyone catch fish was a highlight. At the end of our fishing trip our guide felt like family and he gave us so much information about the area that we never knew!  


In the winter Big Ed’s even offers ice fishing trips!  Honestly, I have had zero interest in ever doing this but after spending a day on the lake with Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures there is no way we are not coming back to try ice fishing with them in the winter.  It will be the day we rest our ski legs, but still enjoy the Colorado sunshine!


Big Ed’s made our summer trip to Keystone memorable.  The photos we took, the fish we caught and the memories we made are some of our favorites from this trip.  We look forward to coming back and creating more family memories with Big Ed’s.

Cool Off By Getting Wet in the Water in the High Country This Summer!

One of the first things that probably comes to mind when you think of the perfect summer mountain vacation is whitewater rafting. Although it’s a total blast, it’s certainly  not the only way to get wet in the high country. From stand up paddle boarding to sailing to kayaking and fishing, there are plenty of ways to get wet!


Whitewater kayaking is a ton of fun, along with being a great upper body workout. Try it out yourself at the Breckenridge kayak park, located on the Blue River in downtown Breckenridge. At 1,800 feet, it’s the longest in the state and includes 15 water features that challenge all levels of boaters. Access is free, and equipment rentals and instruction are available at local outfitters.

Looking for something more mellow with less rapids? Why not rent a sea kayak and head to Lake Dillon (officially named Dillon Reservoir), conveniently located in the center of Summit County. Kayak Lake Dillon is Summit County’s only kayaking outfitter and can arrange family and other sea kayak trips on the scenic lake.

Lake Dillon Boating

Lake Dillon is more than just Denver’s Water Source! In addition to kayaking (see above), you can  sail, stand up paddleboard, rent a pontoon boat and more.  Both the Dillon and Frisco Marinas rent out boats.  Check out the Lake Dillon Water Taxi for a short ride along with a history lesson- its a great way to get out on the water inexpensively and see the spectacular views.  SummitCove guests receive a coupon for a discount on the Taxi’s round trip ride in our Key to Keystone Coupon Book.

Fly Fishing

A person could devote a lifetime to mastering the minute details of fly fishing: which flies to choose, how to cast, where to look for fish, when to lure them in. Or that person could hire a guide and head to one of the many trout-full rivers in the high country.  Summit Fly Fishing on Keystone Lake offers equipments rentals, guided trips and lessons. The Snake River is a great place to learn! Looking for a property that is close to the river?  Red Hawk Townhomes #2352 backs up right to the river- just step out the back door and grab your fishin’ pole- you can start as the sun comes up!

Whitewater Rafting

KODI Rafting is based out of Frisco, Colorado and offers all kinds of rafting trips.   Rafting is fun for everyone and even Dad is sure to grab a thrill from getting soaked with cold mountain runoff as you paddle through the river’s rapids.  KODI offers a variety of trips spanning across 4 rivers, running everything from an easy float trip for kids to an extreme whitewater adventure!  They also do duckie trips for  those looking to steer their own boat and they are perfect for later season trips when the water is tamer.  Remember- all SummitCove guests receive a 10% discount on all KODI trips!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

This sport seems to be all the new rage this summer  and it’s becoming more and more popular up here in the high country.  KODI has also started Stand Up Paddle Board trips this summer, that include a full day with training, the morning session just practice on a local pond, followed by taking it to the river in the afternoon.  Keystone visitors also have the opportunity to rent a board right on Keystone Lake!  The Keystone Adventure Center on Keystone Lake also offers kayak and paddle boat rentals.

Swimming/ Pool Party

Keystone has some spectacular outdoor pools at various condo buildings, perfect for the kids to play or to lay out and indulge yourself in a great book and the warm sunshine.  Book a condo at The Springs in River Run and enjoy beautiful landscaping, a waterslide, 2 hot tubs, waterfalls and 2 huge common grills… can we say pool party!? Soda Springs, Dakota Lodge, and Tennis Townhomes are some of our other summer time pool favorites.

Want to Cool Off in the High Country?

SummitCove has just extended our Escape the Heat Sale, offering 35% Off Summer Stays of 3 Nights or More.  It’s the perfect reason to get out of Denver and into the high country to try out some of our fun water sports and beat the heat!



Take a Day Trip to Dillon to During your Keystone Vacation!

The Town of Dillon, Colorado is a close neighbor to Keystone Resort, and many of our summer guests enjoy making a day trip to visit.    Just a quick drive of a few miles from Keystone, Dillon offers some great opportunities for outdoor adventure as well as a lot of fun events and activities.  From a ride on the Lake Dillon Water Taxi to a visit to the Friday Farmer’s Market, there are plenty of options when planning out ways to spend your time in Dillon.  We’ve listed some of our favorite activities below:

Visit Lake Dillon for boating, sailing, and fishing!  Keep in mind that there is no water contact allowed in the lake, including swimming, scuba diving, water skiing and other related activities.  If you plan to fish, all parties over the age of 15 need to have a fishing license.  Note that the Lake Dillon Marina does not sell licenses.   Be sure to visit the Dillon Marina, where you can also rent a boat for a 2, 3, or hour hour period or take sailing lessons.   If you enjoy sailing, you can plan your vacation to coincide with one of several Regattas during the summer.  For those who want to learn more about the area, take an EXPLORE Lake Dillon Boat Tour from the Summit Historical Society on a pontoon boat.  Call 970.468.5100 for pricing and reservations.

Try the Lake Dillon Water Taxi for a fun trip with your family or friends.  You can board in Dillon, or at the Frisco Marina.  Fares will depend upon whether you plan to take a one-way trip or go round-trip.  Adult tickets (ages 12 and up)  are $10 one-way, and $19 round-trip.  Children from ages 3 to 11 require a ticket, priced at $8 one-way or $16 round-trip.  The good news is that children 2 and under and dogs (with just a few rules) are FREE!  You can also bring a bike for $1 one way or $2 round-trip.  This gives you the perfect opportunity to ride the rec path and then take a relaxing boat ride.  Be sure to visit the Island Grill or the Dillon Marina’s Lakeside Tiki Bar.

The Friday Farmer’s Market takes place on Buffalo Street off of Lake Dillon Drive, right downtown from 9am to 2pm.  Enjoy handcrafted, homemade, and freshly grown products at one of the best farmers markets in Summit County.  Enjoy live entertainment from 10:30 to 1 pm.

You can top off a perfect day in Dillon at the Friday Night Concert Series, located at the Dillon Amphitheater at 7pm.   Enjoy a variety of music from a different act each week through September 7th.  The Sunset at the Summit Concerts will take place on Saturdays through September 1st at 7pm.  With a variety of styles from jazz to rock, there is something for everyone.

At SummitCove, we are offering some huge summer savings in the month of July to help our guests escape the heat and enjoy all that Keystone and Summit County have to offer at this time of the year.

Frisco’s BBQ Challenge Starts Today! Enjoy Food, Music and Vendors June 15th and 16th!

Today is the opening day for the Frisco BBQ Challenge!

Located just across Lake Dillon from Keystone is the  Town of Frisco.  Located right in the middle of Summit County, Frisco plays home to a great main street and plenty of things to do! Just ask the locals! Head on over today, June 15th and tomorrow June 16th to enjoy plenty of food, music  and other forms of entertainment.

With dozens of vendors from all over the country convening in Frisco for the BBQ challenge you will get to taste some of the best BBQ from all over. Some small BBQ shops , to the champion BBQers who do this for a living. Come on down and listen to the music, watch the pig races, BBQ demonstrations from world champions or try to trim up by running in the Bacon Burner 5K on Saturday.  BBQ experts will be cooking up world class Brisket, Pork, Chicken, Shrimp and all of your other favorites! Regardless of what you choose to do this weekend, the Frisco BBQ festival is well worth a stop!!

Frisco Marina and Island Grill in Frisco Host Summer Kickoff Party This Weekend

A sailboat enjoys the waters on Lake Dillon earlier this week.

This weekend marks the official  season opener at the Frisco Marina and they are starting off the season with a kickoff party, this Saturday, June 2nd at 11am.  A New Belgium Beer and Burger will be provided for free for all current slip-holders at the Marina, and the combo deal is just $5 for the general public.  Live music will be provided by Easy Foot, an independent rock band, from 12:30-2pm.  Families, children, and dogs are all welcome at the event.  Sales on boat rentals and retail items will be in place all weekend and the canoe and kayak rentals start at 8am, all summer long.

Visitors at the Marina can also choose to take a ride on the Lake Dillon Water Taxi, which ferries back and forth between the Frisco and Dillon Marinas, running from 10am-6pm on Saturday.  SummitCove guests receive a discount on round trip fares.  Board in Frisco at the ‘A’ dock next to the public boat ramp.  Don’t miss this fun event this weekend at the Frisco Marina!

SummitCove Partners with Lake Dillon Water Taxi, Offering Guests a Unique Way to Experience Lake Dillon

The Summit Shuttle open for the 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, enjoy 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.

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 970-389-9336 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.

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!

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.

Frisco Bay Marina and Dillon Marina to Open Boating Season in Summit County!

Every summer, boaters head to Summit County to enjoy some time on the waters of Lake Dillon, accessible from marinas in both Frisco and Dillon, Colorado.  Both towns are located just a few miles from Keystone Resort, and offer some great options for summer activities for the entire family.

Lake Dillon is the largest lake in Summit County.  With beautiful views surrounding the lake, you can enjoy plenty of recreational opportunities along its 25 miles of shoreline and 3,300 acres.  Typically, the boating season runs from early June to mid-September, depending upon the weather.

In Dillon, Colorado, the full service Marina and launch ramp opened as of Saturday, April 21st, 2012.  Boat rentals will be available starting Saturday, May 12th beginning at 9am.  Several regattas and boating events are scheduled throughout the summer.   Sailing lessons will also be available this summer.

The Frisco Bay Marina season opener is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Celebrate the season opener and the upcoming boating season with food and drink specials at the Island Grill and outdoor live music in the Marina’s Waterfront Park.  This event is weather-dependent, so stay tuned as this event gets closer, we’ll be sure to update you with more information.  The full service marina offers canoe and kayak rentals, powerboat rentals, sailboat lessons, a water taxi, and more.

Contact us today for details on our summer lodging specials when you head up to enjoy Lake Dillon!

Soak Up the Sun on Lake Dillon This Summer!

Why not spend a part of your Keystone summer vacation fishing or cruising a lake? Take a warm day on Lake Dillon for sailing lessons or rent a motor boat for trout fishing along 26 miles of shoreline.   Pack a family picnic to enjoy by the lake and lounge in the sunshine.

Lake Dillon is the largest lake in the Keystone area, and it offers spectacular scenic views and an abundance of activities to complete the perfect mountain vacation. With easy access to the Town of Dillon, shopping, lodging, there is sure to be something for everyone here.  The Dillon Marina hosts exciting weekend sailing regattas and other boating events that you can’t miss.

The recreational choices in the area are endless.  Miles of paved bike paths can be accessed near the marina. The surrounding National Forest also provides mountain-biking, rafting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and camping. Jeep tours on old mountain roads will take you to nearby historical mining towns. Hit the links at  any of Summit County’s four championship golf courses.

The Dillon Marina offers boat rentals, sailing instruction, racing regattas and is home to the Dillon Yacht Club.   At Frisco Bay Marina, you can rent a canoe, or kayak or hop aboard the water taxi.  There is sure to be plenty of fun to be had for your entire crew at Lake Dillon this summer!



Araphoe Cafe: Dillon’s Best Burger

Just a short drive from Keystone is the small town of Dillon. Its Main Street stretches less than half a mile and down by Lake Dillon you will find the historic and long standing restaurant Arapahoe Cafe. “A-Cafe” is a local’s favorite for their awesome burger nights. On Wednesdays and Sundays you can get a juicy Angus burger and fries for a mere $6 down in the pub. The burgers are absolutely delicious and it is a great place to gather with friends, have a beer and get a full belly! Where are you having dinner tonight?

Araphoe Cafe, Lake Dillon Dr., Dillon

Fishing at Lake Dillon, Colorado

A surprise to many, Colorado is known as a great place for fishing, even having some Gold Rated waters like the Blue River, and world-class fishing holes throughout the state. With majestic mountains, bright blue skies, wide open lakes, winding rivers and streams, you can not beat Colorado for its scenic fishing spots throughout the state. There is literally a little bit of everything for every angler out there.

Lake Dillon Reservoir (aka “Lake Dillon”) is a great place to give your try at fishing while you’re in the area, close to the Town of Dillon, as well as Frisco and Silverthorne, Colorado. You definitely can not beat the dramatic scenery in Summit County. Lake Dillon is also one of the largest bodies of water in central Colorado with over 25 miles of shoreline with rainbow trout, brook trout, browns and Kokanee and Coho salmon.

Lake Dillon typically begins to ice-out between May 15 and June 10th. During the two to three week period after the ice-out, you’ll find one of the best times to fish the lake. With wonderful fishing from the lake shore, you’ll also want to try cruising across the lake on a boat, allowing you to work the inlets and bays as well.

If you’re looking for a more planned out fishing experience, instead of just standing on the lakeshore, you might want to try a fishing venture like Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures. You’ll experience the beautiful Dillon reservoir at 9,000 feet while spin cast fishing for huge Rainbow trout, Brown trout, and Kokanee salmon. Or you can arrange a scenic cruise & simply enjoy the splendor of boating while taking in gorgeous views of the Ten Mile Range & Buffalo Mountain. Reservations are recommended. Call 970-453-1869 for more information and rates.

Make sure to check the Colorado Division of Wildlife for special regulations of the reservoir.