Splash Into Summer in Silverthorne
Published May 28, 2019
Summit County is wrapping up one of the best winter seasons in recent memory, and the snow that provided seemingly endless powder days on the slopes now promises an epic summer of water sports throughout the Silverthorne area.
Most Colorado high-elevation reservoirs don’t allow swimming because the water is too cold to be safe, but read on to find one spot that does. Meanwhile, whether you’re looking for high-octane, whitewater rapids, bucolic fly-fishing, relaxing stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), canoeing, sailing or many more options, the open water around Silverthorne is guaranteed to please.
The Blue River
In town and further out, the Blue River has world-class fishing holes, whitewater and calmer stretches, making it a draw for anglers, boaters and SUPers alike. Trout fishing can be had year-round on the Blue, with the prime season from July through September. Early-season fishing can be exceptional during high-water releases from the Dillon Dam, with some trout in the area coming in at over 24 inches. Check out Silverthorne-based Cutthroat Anglers and the Colorado Angler for guiding services that also offer fly-fishing rentals and lessons on the Blue’s Gold Medal waters.
Rafting—whitewater and flat—is also available on the Blue, and KODI Rafting has been guiding visitors here for more than 30 years. Their Blue River outing is their most popular, mixing three miles of calm float and three miles of fantastic whitewater in about an hour of fun.
North Pond Park
With warmer water temperatures, this sheltered body of water offers a beautiful, quaint setting for beginners to paddle any time of the day. Paddleboard rentals are available through KODI Rafting, and folks can even try SUP yoga with a class through the Silverthorne Recreation Center. North Pond is stocked with trout and features two docks, with warmer water than nearby Dillon Reservoir. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day on the beach.
In 1962 the Army Corps of Engineers completed the Dillon Dam on the Blue River to provide water for Denver, creating the Dillon Reservoir. Today, the massive lake—with nearly 27 miles of shoreline—boasts two marinas, a yacht club and annual stocking of trout. Visitors will find regattas, sailing events and myriad opportunities to fish.
Green Mountain Reservoir
Located about 17 miles north of Silverthorne, Green Mountain Reservoir is one of the only lakes in the area that allows people in the water. This means visitors can wakeboard, tube, waterski and swim in addition to paddleboarding and boating. The Heeney Marina rents pontoon boats and small fishing boats. Additionally, a range of campsites and cabins are available for rent near or adjacent to the reservoir.So, this summer, get out and enjoy some fun on Silverthorne’s prized waterways. Before hitting the river, pond or lake, be sure to check water levels and restrictions at AmericanWhitewater.org. The Silverthorne Recreation Center also offers water and safety courses during the month of May, which is National Water Safety Month. For more information, visit Silverthorne.org.