Happy Memorial Day 2012

29 05 2012

We’ve spent the Memorial Day weekend camping on the shores of Lake Dillon. The Peak One campground is on the Frisco peninsula just beyond the Frisco marina. It’s about a 20 minute bike ride down smooth bike paths or about a 30 minute ride around the lakeshore hiking trail to Frisco’s Main Street. Peak One has 79 sites, and during summer months offers running water and flush toilet facilities. For this early weekend, the water has been shutoff due to several leaks in the system.

Site #70, Peak One

Our site #70 is at the end of C loop only a few feet from the shore of Lake Dillon. The site has quite a few trees, considering the effect the pine beetle has had all over Summit Country. The entire hillside to the south of us is nearly cleared of the former heavy pine forest. And, many of the sites in the B loop have no trees at all. Between our site and #71 (which is blocked with the temporary porta-potty) is a trail that leads east to the water’s edge before doubling back and running the full length of the lake nearly to the marina. Just before reaching Highway 9, the trail ends in a residential area where it’s easy to access on the Breckenridge/Frisco bike path. Closer to site #69 is another trail that leads across to the Pine Cove “campground”. The use of “campground” for this facility is questionable – it’s really just the old parking lot that was used when the boat ramp was opened. Closed due to Denver Water invasive species regulations, the long narrow parking lot has been renumbered for camping use – about 10 RV sites and 6 tent sites.

The next closest campground is Heaton Bay, located along the Dam Road, and very close to I-70. This 83 site area is organized around 4 loops, with the “C” loop providing electric and water hookups. We filled our RV water tank here. On the opposite side of the lake, along Swan Mountain road is Lowry campground. This 24 site area provides vault toilets, electric hookups at sites 2-24 and no water. Lowry has been ravaged by the pine beetle which has eliminated nearly all vegetation and privacy in this ‘rock-pile’ campground. Also along Swan Mountain road is Prospector campground, offering 107 sites, water and vault toilets. Organized around 5 loops, the “D” loop provides a few outer campsites with trees and views of Lake Dillon. Pull through sites #55 and 58 and back-in sites #53 and #62 would be best here.

For trees and privacy, Peak One is best, followed by Heaton Bay (which may have I-70 noise) and then Prospector. All of these Lake Dillon campgrounds need renovations in their water systems, roads and out buildings. Unless you specifically want to be close to Frisco, Dillon, Breckenridge, Silverthorne or Keystone, there are much better camping options in the Colorado high country.

Pine Cove ‘parking lot’ Camping

Lowry Campground

Lowry Campground

Site #53, Prospector Campground

Site #64, Prospector Campground

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4 08 2012
Good Morning from Lake Dillion « Small Home – Big Yard

[…] right on the edge of Lake Dillon, and within a 20 minute bike ride of downtown Frisco. We first explored this area  in May, and have returned for the annual Keystone Bluegrass and Beer […]

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