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Dillon Reservoir, Dillon

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
Dillon Reservoir, sometimes referred to as Lake Dillon, is a large fresh water reservoir located in Summit County, Colorado, south of I-70 and bordered by the towns of Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon. It is a reservoir for the city of Denver, and its waters are under the control of Denver Water. Popular ski areas are close to the reservoir, including Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge.HistoryIn 1859, a large party of gold-seekers led by Ruben Spalding discovered gold near the headwaters of the Blue River, which prompted a population surge in Summit County, Colorado. By October 1859, nearly 100 miners had camped along the river. By 1880, the human population of Summit county had swelled to 5,459. In 1881, Dillon Mining Company patented a 320-acre parcel and divided it into lots to establish the trade-post town of Dillon along the northeast bank of the Snake River, which is part of what was then called Blue River Valley. The town of Dillon was incorporated in 1883, but soon relocated to the west bank of the Blue River when Denver and Rio Grand Railroad came to Blue River Valley but had bypassed Dillon. Dillon was moved a second time in 1892 when the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad arrived from the northeast. The town was located at the confluence of three rivers: the Blue, the Ten Mile and the Snake to provide one station for the two railroad lines. In 1890, Dillon's population was 133, less than 20% as large as Breckenridge at the time. Prior to its third move to the present location in 1961, the town had grown to 814 residents, the largest town in Summit County, however, most of this population consisted of construction workers for the dam.
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  • This was a beautiful area to see water and mountains. There is a lovely park with playground and picnic area near the marina. We walked for a while on the rec-path that leads around the reservoir. One...  read more »
  • Nice paved area that surrounds much of the lake and dam. Very interesting to see the beauty of the mts. and the water as one total picture. Could take pictures here forever! 
  • We stopped her on our way to Glenwood Springs and it was absolutely stunning. There is a wonderful playground, picnic areas, and restrooms. 
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