Dillon, Frisco marinas push for an early boating season
With a cold, but ice-free Dillon Reservoir, both Frisco and Dillon’s marinas are gearing up to open in the upcoming weeks. Frisco is bringing in several new boats for the season, and Dillon plans to expand their marina thanks to a deal with Denver Water.
“I think we’re gonna have a really busy summer,” said Dillon Marina manager Bob Evans. “The reservoir is gonna be full.”
Right now, the reservoir is just two feet below full, a solid start for the season. The water is still quite cold—just above freezing—but both marinas are open for boaters with their own gear. The reservoir is open to kayaking, too.
“It’ll be an early, fun start to the season, with lots of boating,” said Frisco Marina office manager Jenn Shimp.
As far as rentals are concerned, Frisco’s marina will open Saturday, May 23, with the docks open seven days a week following memorial weekend. Dillon is pushing to open their marina this weekend, rain or shine.
“It’ll be open. I don’t care if it snows,” Evans said. “A lot of people aren’t ready to put their boats in yet, but we put a couple in today.”
Right now, Dillon’s docks are 80 percent open, as the marina scrambles to finish repairs from ice damage this winter. Because the lake melted and refroze, Evans said the marina had to replace a fifth of their anchors.
“We’re doing a lot of dock repairs,” Evans said. “The ice damage to docks was pretty significant this year.”
Dillon finished improvements to their marina parking lot, with streetlights and picnic tables for day use. The land they recently acquired from Denver Water will be used as both a waterfront and a dock for paddleboards and kayaks to move them further away from the launch point for larger boats.
“It’s almost like a beach environment—it’s nice and sandy,” Dillon’s marketing and communications director Kerstin Anderson said. “It’s safer and more convenient. It lets people just be down there enjoying the water.”
The marina also brought in a few pontoon boats, and sails for their fleet of sailboats.
New boats at Frisco
Frisco also brought in plenty of new equipment this year, including six brand new pontoons and two new fishing boats, on top of several paddleboards, canoes and kayaks.
Part of it was an effort to replace old equipment, and part of the turnover was due to the Frisco Marina’s annual sale.
“We actually sold all of the old pontoons in the fall, and some of our kayaks,” Shimp said. “Every fall, we put kayaks, paddleboards on sale and replace them.”
While the marina will be open to rentals in a week, Shimp said they would hold off on the paddleboards until the water is a bit warmer.
“It’s a little chilly for standup paddleboards,” Shimp said.
While no festivities are planned for opening day, Frisco will host their annual Rock the Dock party on June 6, featuring live music and food. One week later, Dillon’s annual air and water show, “The Highest Show on Earth,” will take place June 13.
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