The pristine vistas, clear and calm alpine water, and mountain surroundings make Summit County the perfect place to spend a day on the water learning to kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Take your kayaks or paddleboards out to experience endless views and adventure solo, with a friend, or with the whole family! Check out this guide for everything you need to know about paddling around Summit County.

What should I bring? 

  • Everything you might need for a day on the water! Lifejackets are required to be on your SUP or kayak so make sure to bring your PFD. Wear quick-drying clothing- the water is cold and you won’t want to stay wet for long! Bring plenty of sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc.) to stay comfortable and happy in the sun.

When should I go? 

  • Mornings are always calmer on the lake. For peaceful, easy kayaking, head out in the morning- especially if you are bringing kids. Between afternoon rain and wind the water gets choppy and more tiring to navigate.

Who should join?

  • Kayak and SUP are fun for the whole family! If you are bringing younger children, it would be best for them to share a vessel with an adult. Paddling does require arm and core strength so if someone in your group has difficulty, go for a tandem kayak!

Rentals

Don’t have your own gear? Fear not! There are a few places around town where you can rent everything you’ll need.

Frisco Bay Marina is located in Frisco at the East end of Main Street. The marina offers equipment rentals, has a sandy beach area to relax or have a picnic, and a bar and restaurant. In addition to kayaks and paddleboards, the marina also offers rentals on other paddle sports such as canoes and pedal boards! Click here for more information and to make your equipment booking.

  • Stand-Up Paddleboard
    • Monday-Thursday: $45/two-hour rental; $15 for each additional hour
    • Friday-Sunday: $49.50/two-hour rental; $16.50 for each additional hour.
  • Single Kayak
    • Monday-Thursday: $40/two-hour rental; $15 for each additional hour
    • Friday-Sunday: $44/two-hour rental/$16.50 for each additional hour
  • Tandem Kayak
    • Monday-Thursday: $50/two-hour rental; $15 for each additional hour
    • Friday-Sunday: $55/two-hour rental; $16.50 for each additional hour

If you are wanting to kayak but aren’t sure where to begin, Adventure Paddle Tours offers guided tours out of Frisco Bay Marina as well! Check out their tours for a guided kayaking experience.

Launch Sites

The best place to spend a day paddling in Summit County is undoubtedly Lake Dillon! With miles of shoreline, you can stick to the shores, explore the small islands, or head towards the open water for views of the Tenmile and Gore ranges. Here are the best spots to put-in and launch your boat!

The Blue River Inlet is the closest launch spot to Breckenridge. Located near the stoplight at the bottom of Swan Mountain, this inlet provides a convenient access point for our owners and guests. Click here for directions! This spot has a large parking area, restrooms, and picnic tables.

SUP Yoga

Looking to try something new? Meta Yoga offers SUP yoga classes on Maggie Pond from mid-June through Labor Day! Test your balance with this challenging and relaxing water experience. Classes are limited to 14 people and classes fill up regularly!

Meta asks that you bring comfortable clothing, water, a towel, and sun protection. There will be a secure place to keep your shoes and extra belongings on the shore during class.

  • Single class with board rental: $38
  • 3-punch pass with board rental: $100
  • Option for private group sessions as well!

Click here to learn more about SUP Yoga and to reserve your spot.

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