Dillon officials prepare to open winter leisure activities at Dillon Marina

Ice fishermen are pictured on a frozen and snow-covered marina in Dillon. The marina is set to open its groomed trails for winter recreation on Saturday January 22. New this year is a community skating rink.
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With the water at Dillon Marina frozen, it is time for Dillon officials to prepare the ice for winter recreational activities.

“Based on the success of the lake loop last season, we are truly thrilled that Denver Water and the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee have approved the City of Dillon to expand our winter offerings on the reservoir this year,” said Kerstin Anderson, Director of Marketing and Events at Dillon. noted.

It was in December 2020 that the city announced its intention to develop multi-use trails on the ice.

Anderson said the loop will look like it did last winter, when the multi-purpose recreation trail was built about 20 feet across the lake and marked with bamboo poles every 80 yards or so.

The longer 2 mile route loops around the reservoir and runs along the shore from Dillon Marina to Dillon Nature Reserve, to Roberts Tunnel and all the way around the lake to Lodgepole Street.

There is also a shorter loop available for those who don’t want to do the entire loop.

The reservoir’s trails will host winter must-haves like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tire biking, hiking, ice kiteboarding, ice fishing, and ice sailing.

New this year will be a community skating rink, which will be maintained depending on weather conditions throughout the winter.

The Dillon Marina will also host the Summit Youth Hockey Colorado Pond Hockey Tournament for youth, which will take place February 12-13, and the Pabst Blue Ribbon Colorado Pond Hockey Tournament, which will take place February 18-20.

The Pabst Blue Ribbon Tournament is moving from North Pond Park to Silverthorne due to the increased size of the event.

The tournament will feature three days of hockey events, including a skills competition, beer garden, games, live music and an after-ice party at Dillon Marina.

The tournament will have 18 rinks spread across the marina and will be open to the public to come watch or join in the festivities.

“We started late with the mild weather conditions earlier in the winter, but now we’re seeing really good ice depth and strength,” Anderson said.

Due to favorable conditions, Dillon officials hope to have outdoor recreation activities in place by Saturday January 22.

From there, officials will prep the loop daily and begin the process of clearing the area where the rinks will go early next week.

All winter activities are free to the public and the city hopes to keep activities available until at least the second week of March, when activities ceased last winter.

“The only thing we ask is that we want people to be very friendly and respectable to share the multiple uses,” Anderson said. “We want people to be able to bring their dogs there, but to be able to wrap them up, wrap them up in terms of litter and dog poop.

Ice depth and strength will be continuously monitored to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

Visitors will be able to access the maintained multi-purpose track from three locations, including Lodgepole Street, the Marina and the Eagle Statue along US Highway 6.

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