Dillon Marina hosting a jubilee, with free boating, music and more
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — There may be a few old-timers left who remember what Summit County looked like in the pre-Dillon Reservoir era, but most residents take the 3.200-acre impoundment for granted.
The reservoir was completed 50 years ago as a key step in Denver’s growth as a regional metropolis. The reservoir is operated by Denver Water, which serves more than 1.3 million people as the state’s largest water provider.
This Sunday (Sept. 8), the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee is hosting an anniversary celebration at the Dillon Marina. The free event includes pontoon boat tours, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, as well as a preview of the 2014 air and water show. On land, there will be a free performance by the band Eyes Wide Open, balloon sculptures for youngsters and tasty treats from local vendors.
The event is sponsored by the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee, an interagency committee comprised of Denver Water, Summit County government, Town of Dillon, Town of Frisco and the U.S. Forest Service.
Dillon Reservoir was completed in 1963 and is Denver Water’s largest reservoir. The dam was built to divert water from the Blue River Basin through the Harold D. Roberts Tunnel under the Continental Divide into the South Platte River Basin. The earth-fill dam that holds back the Blue River is more than a mile long and rises 231 feet above the Blue River stream bed in Silverthorne.