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Lake Copper

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COPPER GOLF COURSE
A mix of links and mountain style holes designed by the venerable Pete and Perry Dye, Copper Creek accommodates the novice golfer from the forward tees while still providing a great test for the accomplished golfer.

DISC GOLF COURSE: No matter what your age or skill level, disc golf is just plain FUN! Whether you're competing in a tournament or just out for fun, the Frisco Peak One Disc Golf Course is a superb course that offers the beautiful scenery and challenges of different fairways, trees, shrubs and terrain. This 18 hole course winds through the heavily wooded Peninsula Recreation Area and along the shores of Dillon Reservoir.

Holes: 18-Discatcher
Tee Type: Concrete
Holes: 18-Discatcher
Tee Type: Concrete

Description: Mountainous terrain at 9,000 ft. elevation, with heavy woods, narrow fairways and one water hazard. Holes 6-10 play next to beautiful Dillon Reservoir.

Directions: 1-70, exit at Frisco (exit 203), take Hwy 9 south & a left at Frisco Nordic Center (0.5 mile). Go under the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area sign & follow the signs to disc golf.

THE FRISO BAY MARINA - There's nothing like catching the sun's first rays on a glassy Dillon Reservoir. You're likely to see a large osprey gliding silently from a hilltop perch or you may catch sight of a rail-thin rowing scull slicing through the glass while the rower's smooth, powerful strokes create long ripples off the scull's bow.

There are many ways to enjoy the waters of Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding ecology. At the Frisco Marina, one can find lessons in rowing, kayaking, sailing, as well as paddle boat and motorboat rentals. Any of these options will get you out onto the water and amongst the numerous bays and small islands.

Both the Frisco and Dillon marinas offer wonderful views across the lake. As a matter of fact the marinas, or the quiet waters nearby, are quite possibly the best places to view the Fourth of July fireworks, provided it isn't snowing (ask any longtime resident... this has happened more than once!). As it is everywhere near water, make safety your first priority.

Both marinas offer the best and latest personal flotation devices ("PFD"s) and advice on water safety. PFDs should be worn at all times on the water. When motor boating, obey all slow areas. Have operational lights and carry flashlights at night. Always be on the lookout for other crafts - just as you would want them to watch for you.
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PENINSULA RECREATION AREA
- Located 1/2 mile south of Frisco on Highway 9, heading south on Highway 9 towards Breckenridge, you'll find the Peninsula Recreation Area. The Peninsula contains a soft ball field, a multi-purpose field, a disc golf course, several campgrounds, picnic facilities, ample parking and an extensive trails system. In the summer and fall, the Recreation Area hosts mountain bikers and hikers who enjoy trails winding through the forest and along the shores of Dillon Reservoir.

A ballfield with a view of surrounding mountains and picnic areas attracts families and groups. In the winter, the Peninsula is home to the Frisco Nordic Center and a playground for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and biathletes.

BIKE PATH SYSTEM - A unique combination of terrain, scenery, and mining history makes Colorado a mountain biker's paradise. With hundreds of miles of backcountry roads and trails, and almost 50 miles of paved bicycle trails, Summit County offers bikers of all abilities a wide range of varied terrain to choose from. Backcountry trails range from relatively smooth dirt roads to rugged single tracks, while the bike path offers a nice alternative to road riding.

Frisco & Copper, being centrally located, have easy access to every edge of the County via the bike path. Since the bike paths are all relatively moderate, the whole family can enjoy a day out cruising around together. Don't forget to wear sunscreen and a helmet and bring plenty of water! Bike rentals, helmets and maps are available in many sporting shops.

The Bike Path Routes - link to map

Copper To Frisco (Ten Mile Canyon) 7 miles (one way)
?? hrs ??? ft elevation drop. Take the Summit Stage back.

Frisco To Breckenridge (Blue River Pathway) 9.5 miles (one way)
1.5 hrs o 550 ft elevation gain

Frisco To Dillon/Keystone 10 miles (one way) 1.5 hrs o 225 ft elevation gain

Dillon Reservoir (Around the Lake Route) 18 miles
2 hrs o 475 ft elevation gain

Frisco to Copper (Ten Mile Canyon) 7 miles (one way)
?? hrs ??? ft elevation gain. Easy ride back.

Copper to Vail Pass Summit
7 miles (one way)
1 hrs? o 1,000 ft? elevation gain.

Frisco's Mountain Bike.Trails - Crown Point
5 miles o 1-1.5 hrs round trip 200 foot elevation gain
This ride is a favorite for most families and novices, ending at a sandy beach on Dillon Reservoir. From 1-70, take Hwy 9 south through Frisco. Take a left into the Peninsula Recreation Area and park in one of the several parking lots.
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HIKING, FISHING, CAMPING "There's Gold in Them Hills"
Frisco & Copper have many hiking trails to choose from, some of which were set by the gold-seekers of our rich mining heritage. Ghost towns, mining relics left behind by these prospectors still remain to intrigue hikers today. Alpine lakes, 81 wildflowers lie within our jagged peaks while providing hikers with the perfect Colorado setting. Popular hikes below

Campgrounds are available for both tents and recreational vehicles. Forest Service campgrounds featuring pristine campsites and picnic facilities surround the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area. For information on US Forest Service campgrounds at the Peninsula, call the USFS at 800-280-2267 or or 877-444-8777 or go to www. wildernet.com or www.reserveusa.com and search for any of the following campgrounds: Heaton Bay, Peak One, Pine Cove, Prospector or Windy Point. Not all campgrounds take reservations but some do.

Fishing is very popular with a number of well stocked trout lakes in the area along with a number of large and small streams for fly fishing. Check with one of the local outdoor stores for more information.

Before venturing into the forest be sure you are informed & prepared for temperature changes a sudden storms. For detailed information on hiking trails, visit the United States Forest Service office in Silverthorne. Topo maps are available at many book and outdoor stores in the area.

POPULAR HIKES
Masontown In 1866 General Buford came upon some gold and copper leads above Rainbow Lake. He built a road to his discovery, constructed a mill, and soon a small community was growing around him. In 1872 the Masontown Mining and Milling Company constructed a reduction mill. The town was named for the investors' homeland - Masontown, Pennsylvania. By 1910 Masontown was essentially deserted. The town was built in an avalanche chute and the mill was wiped out in 1912 by the first avalanche and in 1926 by a second. During prohibition, whisky was produced much more than ore, and the bootleggers hid out here. There are many historical items along the way, so when you're on the Mount Royal Trail look out for them and please leave their artifacts for others to enjoy.

This is one of Frisco's more difficult trails with a great view of Dillon Reservoir. Park in the lot just off 1-70's exit 201 and walk 1/2 mile toward Frisco on the bike path. The trailhead will be here on your right.
hiking & trails
Distance: 1.5 miles to Masontown Distance: 2 miles to the Summit of Mt. Royal
Time: 2-3 hours round trip. Elevation gain: 1,350 feet

Lily Pad Lakes Park in the lot down the dirt road just off the roundabout at 1-70's exit 203. Hike a 1 /2 mile on the Meadow Creek trail to reach the Lily Pad Lakes junction. There is also a trail-head for this hike at Wildernest in Silverthorne. Distance: 1 mile Time: 1-2 hours round trip Elevation gain:200 feet

Miners Creek This hike begins just northwest of the library. It takes you up and over the scenic Ten Mile Range, and ends in Copper, so you will need two cars! Make sure you're in good shape for this one. Distance: 11 miles
Time: 6-8 hours round trip Elevation gain: 2,650 feet
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TENNIS, SOCCER AND OTHER SPORTS

Frisco - 2 Outdoor Tennis Courts open to the public dawn to dusk (no lights) at no charge
Pioneer Park, between 5th and 6th Avenues off Galena Street
Used for recreation classes periodically during the summer.
Frisco - Peninsula Recreation Area - off Highway 9
One general purpose field used for youth soccer
One baseball field
Frisco - To be completed by summer, 2007 at Summit Middle School - a youth baseball field, a new football field, and two regulation soccer fields. (Joint project with the Town of Frisco)
Copper -
One soccer field
Two Outdoor Tennis Courts free to the public.

Peak One Paint Ball - Reservations required. Call Stewart Riddell at (970) 9068-2372 or (970) 668-5709.

HISTORICAL SITES

TOWN OF FRISCO: Born as a mining town, it is a unique, flavorful community where bear and moose do occasionally wander into town and residents do often know each other's business. Lauded for preserving its history and small town atmosphere, the approximately 3,000 full time residents pride themselves in their small mountain town heritage.

Frisco's first visitors were Ute Indians who used the area as a camping spot on hunting trips as early as 4800 BC. The beautiful meadows and woods abounded with buffalo, elk, antelope, mountain sheep, deer, beaver and trout as well as wild berries. In 1810, trappers discovered that the high altitude and climate produced a particularly thick growth of fur on the native beavers so they arrived to harvest pelts for hats that were much in demand.

The next significant visitors were placer miners of the 1850s. Simple tools were all that was required to wash out this heavy mineral, so men with little money flocked to the streams. But all this activity soon depleted this surface supply and it was silver, encased in hard rock that really put Frisco on the map.

FRISCO HISTORIC PARK: The Frisco Historic Park offers visitors a chance to experience life in Frisco in the 1880s. The Park contains eight historic buildings including Frisco's original 1881 Jail, Log Chapel, a recreated Trapper's Cabin, Schoolhouse Museum, and four homes circa 1880s. Three of our buildings are homes to some of Frisco's finest crafters. The Park buildings are open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and open Sundays during the summer months. Admission is free. The Gazebo is available for rental on a limited basis for weddings and other get-togethers. The Frisco Historical Society also offers a number of educational programs throughout the year. Call the Historic Park at (970) 668-3428 or email them for more information and a schedule of events.

COPPER-TOWN OF WHEELER: Known in the mining days as Wheeler, its now the site of Copper Mountain Resort. Once called by the local newspaper "the wildest spot in the county," the town of Wheeler was settled by miners in 1880 and named for Judge John S. Wheeler. Judge Wheerer's oldstock trail remains as one of the county's most popular hiking trails - the Wheeler Trail - which climbs the Tenmile Range and crosses over to the Blue River.

WHEELER HISTORIC EXHIBIT: In the Snowbridge Square Mall in the Center Village, there is an historical exhibit bringing back some of the old times.

SUMMIT HISTORICAL SOCIETY The mission of the Summit Historical Society is to discover, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information to the public about the history of Summit County, Colorado. Click here for more information

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