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Summit County Government

Posted on: August 8, 2019

Capacity Analysis Begins for Recpath and Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area

Sailboats on Dillon Reservoir in autumn

Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee and Summit County are seeking community input on the capacity of popular local recreation resources

Contact: Jason Lederer, Summit County Open Space & Trails, 970-668-4213

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County and the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee (DRReC) are conducting a capacity analysis of Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area (DRRA) and the Summit County Recreational Pathway System, two of the most popular and widely used recreational resources in Summit County. The results of the analysis will be used to help guide future decisions about event permitting, facility improvements, policies and management.

"As recreational use continues to increase throughout Summit County, we need a better understanding of the capacity of these facilities," said Open Space & Trails Senior Resource Specialist Jason Lederer. “Through this process, we're doing a deep dive into the appropriate levels and types of uses that allow for safe and enjoyable recreational experiences for residents and visitors.”

DRReC and Summit County have contracted with Frisco-based planning consultant SE Group to conduct the analysis. SE Group will survey recreational users, observe events and conduct user counts. An online public survey is available through early September on the Summit County Open Space & Trails website at

Dillon Reservoir is owned and operated by Denver Water and is the largest water storage facility in its collection system. Recreation within DRRA, which includes the reservoir's surface and adjacent properties, is managed by DRReC. DRReC is comprised of representatives from Denver Water, the Town of Dillon, the Town of Frisco, Summit County and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Staffing for DRReC is provided by Summit County. Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is also helping with the capacity analysis. 

“We recognize the relationship between Dillon Reservoir, the Recpath system and the White River National Forest,” FDRD Programs Manager Doozie Martin said. “So we're excited to assist with this effort.”

Popular recreation activities within DRRA include motorized and non-motorized boating, open water and ice fishing, cycling, snow-kiting, hiking, running, walking and Nordic skiing. Public access to the reservoir is available via two marinas, located in Frisco and Dillon, as well as six campgrounds and day-use areas on the White River National Forest.

The Summit County Recreational Pathway System (Recpath) circumnavigates Dillon Reservoir, with four separate spokes connecting to Breckenridge, Keystone, Tenmile Canyon/Vail Pass and Silverthorne. Summit County manages more than 38 miles of these paved pathways, with an additional 17 miles maintained by Keystone Resort and the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne.

Each year, a variety of special events take place at DRRA, including bike tours, foot races, regattas, standup paddleboard races, Nordic races, and mountain bike races. DRReC also permits several commercial uses, including guided open-water and ice fishing, non-motorized boat and standup paddleboard tours, a water taxi, rowing and sailing clubs, rafting and a variety of camp groups. Seasonal waterfowl hunting is also permitted on portions of the reservoir.

“Whether you use the Recpath every day, or have boated on the reservoir only once, we want to hear about your experience,” said Summit County Open Space and Trails Director Brian Lorch, who chairs DRReC. “We are eager to learn from this survey and put this project to good use.”

For more information about DRReC, DRRA or the Summit County Recreational Pathway, contact the Open Space & Trails Department at 970-668-4060, or visit


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