The Frisco Bay Marina is a hidden gem in the Colorado mountains and one that you don’t want to miss!
Located just fifteen minutes from Breckenridge and neighboring the equally lovely town of Dillon, Frisco is a sweet town with an adorable Main Street, beautiful mountain views, and a ton of things to do.
We spent two wonderful weeks in the area this summer and of all the amazing things we did and saw, the Frisco Bay Marina was my sons’ favorite activity! Check out our best tips for the perfect visit.
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Frisco Bay Basic Info
The Frisco Marina is located on the shores of Lake Dillon at 267 Marina Road, Frisco, Colorado just between Keystone and Breckenridge.
The marina is open only seasonally due to the fact that this alpine lake is located at 9000 feet elevation and therefore receives plenty of snow. Typically from late Spring to early Fall the boat ramps are open and the facilities are ready for visitors.
The Marina Office is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
What to Do at the Marina
Lake Dillon is 3000 acres which makes for the perfect place to explore for either a couple hours or a full day.
While the Bay has a plenty of open sand or benches on the lawn to bring a picnic island, if you’d rather eat out, the Island Grill is a lovely spot at the Marina for lunch, happy hour, or an early dinner. Whether you order the Grilled Fish Tacos or Beer Bratwurst, I recommend the Coconut Shrimp as an appetizer first!
Marina Park is a cute playground located on the sand and is the perfect place for littles to take a break from riding in the boat and to get their energy out.
Go out on the lake in a kayak, paddleboard, canoe, fishing boat, sail boat, or pontoon boat. You can bring your own and access the boat launch or check out rental options below.
Tubing, waterskiing, tubing, and swimming are not allowed.
For a unique opportunity, take a water taxi from Frisco to Dillon. Operating seasonally, this taxi provides a fun way to explore both mountain towns. Check out the schedule here.
Don’t forget to leave time to play in the sand. Yes, sand! The “Big Dig” was a several million dollar project that, in part, extended the shore and brought in many tons of sand to make a beach in the mountains. It is a great place to play – so don’t forget your sand toys like we did!
These collapsible buckets are our very favorite sand toys to bring along when we travel. We have had them for years and they hold up great! Unfortunately, we forgot them this time and our kiddos were stuck playing in the sand with our picnic lunch containers. Oops! Thankfully we did pack our football!
Boat Rental Dillon Reservoir
If you are dying to get out on the water and not just look at it from the shore, but don’t have your own boat, you are in luck! Lake Dillon boat rentals are plenty at Frisco Bay Marina.
Skip the hassle of renting your kayak on your own and figuring out the best place to go by taking a guided tour! They’ll take care of the legwork for you and also show you the best spots on the Dillon Reservoir while teaching you about the area’s history.
Power boats such as pontoon boats and fishing boats (with fishing gear too!) can be rented from the office. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are also available for rent with life jackets included.
Dillon Marina boat rentals are also available in town of Dillon on the north side of the lake. They have pontoon boats and sail boats for rent by the hour.
Fun Things to Do Near the Frisco Marina
Browse the Shops on Main Street
Breweries, souvenir shops, and tasty spot to stop for lunch all make up Frisco’s Main Street. If you time it right, you might be able to catch an evening concert in the park.
Hike to Sapphire Point in Dillon (10 minute drive)
This gorgeous lookout is a quick and easy hike from the parking lot. It is a half mile hike that gives amazing payoff for little effort.
Visit the Breckenridge Troll (20 minute drive)
This short “hike,” more like a short stroll because it only takes a few minutes, but ends in a fun surprise. The troll names Isak Heartstone is 15 feet tall, made of recycled scrap wood, and is a great photo spot. Find all the details for visiting him here.
Rent Bikes and Ride the Blue River Trail
Many bike rental companies offer a shuttle up the mountain to Breckenridge allowing you to ride down the mountain on the beautiful, paved path. There is also an option to take the shuttle a bit further and ride all the way down Vail Pass.
More Summer Activities in Nearby Breckenridge
Some of the highlights include shopping on Main Street, paddle boarding on Maggie Lake, riding the free gondola up to Peak 8, taking the Alpine Slide down the mountain, and hiking the Iowa Hill Trail. No matter what type of activities you prefer, there are many more summer activities to choose from!
Frisco Marina FAQs
Can you Swim in Frisco Bay? Can you Swim in Lake Dillon?
No. Swimming is prohibited at the Frisco Bay Marina, and the entire Lake Dillon Reservoir. The water is considered too cold for safety reasons and it is also to maintain water quality. It is reasonable to wade along the shoreline though and scoop up water in your sand buckets.
Are Dogs Allowed at Frisco Bay Marina?
Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Please also clean up after your pets promptly.
Can you Kayak in Frisco Bay?
You sure can-and it is beautiful! You can bring your own, rent from the Lake Dillon boat rental facility on site, or reserve one for a guided tour. Paddleboard, pedal boats, canoes, and pontoon boats are also available.