"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar convict
ion that life was beginning over again with the summer."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald,
The Great Gatsby
We'd like to thank the month of July for arriving and showing us what summer in the mountains is really supposed to look like. And to the month of June, there are no words, at least words that can be written here! You rained on us, snowed on us and basically held our water hostage for the month. Not cool June! Not Cool! But, I guess that's what running a marina at almost 10K feet is like. So, let's focus on the here and now and enjoy the amazing weather we've been having and all the fun things going on around the marina and the Town of Dillon this month and the months to come. Check out the loads of options below...
Photo of the Month
Sunsets at the Marina are the best!
Photo Credit: Linda Kelazil.
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From the Crow's Nest
It's been 33 days since the last snowfall and all is well. If you haven't been here lately, the reservoir is overfull. As of July 22nd we are at
9,018.47 (9,017 is full). Here's a fun fact. In a world of technology, telemetry, computer models and such, one of the most reliable data points that Denver Water uses to determine the height of runoff is simply looking at the "J" chute on Mt. Royal. When the snow disappears in the chute, runoff has peaked for the season. It makes me happy to know that nature still has a say and that someone is still listening.
Old A-dock is coming out. This week we were able to pull ¼ of the old dock out of the water and we will keep going at the rest. My sincere thanks to Phil B. and the crew for their hard work. In fact, if you have a chance and see any of the crew, please thank them for the hard work this season. Keeping up with 27 feet of water rise on top of everything else has required consistent effort and a huge commitment to the Dillon Marina. I am very proud to work with such a great team.
Next stop, the Dillon Open Regatta! The race weekend will kick off with the Etchells Regional Championship on August 1st and 2nd and then the Dillon Open August 3rd and 4th. I highly recommend that you bring a full cooler and a camera to watch almost 100 sailboats compete in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. If you are competing, I wish you the best of luck.
Don't forget, Shannon's goodbye-for-now party on Sunday, August 25th. Please join us at the Tiki Bar from 4-7 to wish Shannon and her family farewell as they take a year to travel through Central America.
Ok, I'm going to get back to it. I'll see you at the Dillon Marina.
Celebrating the Red, White and Blue
We had another wonderful Fourth of July. It was a perfect sunny day and a busy one at the marina.
The day included a photo contest with our HUGE American flag and of course a Thursday night boat race. In addition to marina events, our visitors got to enjoy all the festive boats and the Air Force Academy Band at the Dillon Amphitheater! Thank you to everyone who helped make this Fourth of July special. Happy birthday America.
Photo Contest Winner!
Until We Meet Again...
Well, 14 years sure does go by in a hurry!
In just 11 days I will be celebrating my 14th anniversary at the marina as well as my last month here. If you have been reading your emails lately, you've learned that my family and I are about to embark on a year-long road trip down south of the border. And although I am excited about the adventure ahead, I am also very sad to be leaving the marina, a place that feels more like my home than my job.
I began working at the marina in 2005 on a Saturday during a little sailing event called the
. Wow! What a way to get my feet wet! Although I just came from working around boats and marinas in the British Virgin Islands, this was a completely new experience for me. Needless to say, I was a bit overwhelmed at first, but I eventually found my way and started carving out a place for myself here.
Throughout the last 14 years I'd like to think I've made a difference with some of the changes you've witnessed around the marina over the years. But the biggest accomplishment I've made in my time here has been the relationships I've developed with all of you. This is way more than a job for me. This is a place I come to hang out with friends; a place I come to watch your kids grow up and share stories about our lives; a place I get to see your furry companions running through my office...and sometimes even you running through my office! It's also a place I come to be with family; the amazing people that work for not only the marina but throughout the Town of Dillon. I am truly blessed to know so many beautiful and amazing people.
So, why would I leave?
Well, to me, life should always be about moving forward and changing so we can keep growing. In 1999, I took a leap of faith and packed all my belongings into my Honda Civic and drove from Oregon to Colorado, not knowing what would come of it. All I knew was I was ready for a change. Now, 20 years later, my belongings now include a husband, a son and a dog (not necessarily in that order) and we're all ready to take the next leap of faith together.
Beginning in September, we'll be hitting the road in our 27' Minnie Winnie motor home, affectionately named "La Tortuga," (aka...the Turtle) and homeschooling our son Noah along the road. We'll be traveling south into Baja, eventually crossing the Sea of Cortez via ferry, and continuing south through Mexico and Central America. I am sure many of you may think we're crazy to go into such "dangerous" places. But these are also some of the most beautiful and culture-rich places in the world, and much different than our little bubble of Summit County. We hope to shed a different light on this part of the world, meet new and interesting people and lend a hand wherever we can along the way.
If you'd like to follow our adventures, we have created a blog where we will be sharing our stories from the road. We've named it
"Living Outside the Zoo."
After all, that is what we will be doing; escaping the normal day-to-day of life and heading out into the world. You can follow us on
and by signing up for our newsletter on the blog here:
. So, in the end, I'd rather not think of this as goodbye, but rather a new way to keep in touch.
Thank you so much for all that you have given me over the years. I'm sure our paths will cross again one day!
"Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again."
News from the Ops Team
It's happening! Old A Dock is finally coming out of the water. After almost a year of silly theories and fun questions from the community, the mysterious dock is finally being hauled out of the lake and disassembled. Low water levels held the dock hostage in the early season but now our operation's team (Phil Bretschneider and Peyton Prather) is ready to finish off the project. If you are interested in acquiring any part of the dock, stop by the office and let us know. We're ready to give it away.
Clean, Drain and Dry
by Rachel Iaquinto
Hey slip holders and marina guests! You may have heard the phrase "clean, drain, and dry" floating around the launch ramp, but what does it mean? If you decide to venture from our wonderful reservoir and visit other lakes, please keep your boat "clean, drain, and dry". This is the first step to keeping ANS (Aquatic Nuisance Species) from contaminating our pristine lake.
What are aquatic nuisance species you ask? They are
non-indigenous, invasive species that threaten the future of recreation on Lake Dillon.
ANS species can live for days out of lakes in standing water on your boat. When launching, we inspect your boats for the infamous Zebra and Quagga mussels, as well as Eurasian Watermilfoil, New Zealand Mudsnails, Brazilian Egeria, Rusty Crayfish, and more! Our Marina Crew have seen a massive spike in the number of contaminated boats coming to our reservoir this summer. We decontaminate infested boats with a toasty 120-140-degree water. Over 50 mussel infested boats have been intercepted in Colorado this summer, already doubling the 26 total boats decontaminated all of last year! Most of the mussel boats we're seeing are coming from the popular Lake Powell, however nearby mussel infested states include: Utah, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
Help us keep Lake Dillon clean! Spread the word, educate your friends and family, the more we work together to keep our reservoir clean, the more boating we can enjoy! Stop by anytime, we'd love to chat about everything ANS. Remember, if you decide to venture out, make sure you keep that boat "clean, drain, and dry"!
Dillon and Marina Events
Annual Dillon Open Regatta
Saturday, August 3rd-Sunday, August 4th
Race. Relax. Repeat! The 48th Annual Dillon Open coming August 2 - 4.
The Dillon Yacht Club invites you to participate in the 48th Dillon Open Regatta! Forty-eight years ago, the idea of the World's Highest Regatta became reality in Summit County and became known as "The World's Highest Regatta" at an elevation of 9017 ft. Famous for its altitude it has also become famous for its attitude.
Nearly 100 boats and crews will gather at the Dillon Marina Saturday morning, and will prepare to race on a brimming lake surrounded by green snow-capped mountains. It will be one of the most memorable and beautiful Dillon Open events in recent years.
The opening ceremonies will occur early Friday evening at 4:30 p.m., and spectator boat tickets and the Saturday night banquet may be purchased at
. Visit the website for more information. Excitement guaranteed!
Marina Cars and Coffee
Saturday, August 10 from 11am-2pm
Back for the 6th year, the "Vail Summit Cars and Coffee" gang will be on-site along the water at the Dillon Marina to show off their sweet rides. Come kick some tires (Not hard! Some of these cars are old!) and meet the folks behind the wheel. The event is free and great for all ages!
Adventure Van Expo
Saturday August 10, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday August 11th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Adventure Van Expo is a consumer show free to the public. It's all about adventure vans, adventure vehicles, accessories, gear, talks/activities, a little food, a little beer and a lot of fun. The Adventure Van Expo is going to be an exciting, family-friendly event.
For more information on town events visit
Town of Dillon
Saturday August 17th, 7:00 pm
You don't need to look too hard to see or hear the
multi-dimensional influence of The B-52s...
For as loud as anthems like "Dance This Mess Around," "Love Shack," and "Rock Lobster" might resound, the group have quietly impacted alternative music, fashion, and culture over the course of four-plus decades.
Boats For Sale
The Dillon Marina in no way represents the items posted in this section, nor has any knowledge of the condition of such items. All correspondence shall be kept between the listing and interested parties. No additional information will be provided by the marina.
Have something "boat-related" to sell? Email your flyer (complete with item descriptions, prices, and all contact information- and less than 5MB file size)
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Marina Summer Hours
7 Days a week
Now - September 1st: 8:00am-7:00pm
September 2nd - September 30th: 9:00am-5:00pm