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California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor...

California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.

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Desolate spot with an interesting history

We say the Salton Sea from afar, first from the airplane flying into Palm Springs and then from a distant high vista in the Joshua Tree National Park. My partner, an archeologist... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Pamela L
Pullman, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was intrigued by the Salton Sea and despite mixed reviews I decided to visit today with my 80 year old mother. The first stop was to the Visitors Center. A short 7 minute video gave us the history of how it was formed in 1905-7 from canals from the Colorado River. The volunteer was very helpful and gave us... More 

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Pullman, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We say the Salton Sea from afar, first from the airplane flying into Palm Springs and then from a distant high vista in the Joshua Tree National Park. My partner, an archeologist told me of the history, and I wanted to see it up close. It is interesting, stark, and stinky. The California recreation area smelt of dead fish when... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glad we took the time to drive out to see the Salton Sea and learn about the history behind it. Beautiful from afar, stark and bleak up close – quite a dichotomy of nature. Only made it as far south as Bombay Beach (which we were glad to see, but again, heartbreaking to see the state of disrepair there now). Will... More 

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Bondsville, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After seeing it from the top of the Palm Springs 1Aerial Tramway, we decided to visit it in person. Since the visitor center is within the state park, there is an admission fee to the park. Seven minute video is very interesting. Hundreds of dead fish when walking to the shore. Asked the park ranger about the bat cave and... More 

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Orange, CA, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is based on Mecca Beach Campground: This place is very very pretty. In the winter you don’t get the fishy smell that I would assume comes from the dead fish baking in the summer. The views of the lake from the campground are just stunning. It works on both a reservation system and a 1st come 1 server... More 

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Gros Morne National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although this place is sad, so overlooked, so broken, I'm so very happy the we took the extra hour and stopped here en route to Palm Springs. Salton Sea was the playground for the rich back in the day. It's now a hollow shell of it's former glory with miles upon miles of deserted beach that is filled with dead... More 

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North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Salton Sea is 35 miles by 15 miles and more than 300' below sea level. In the early 1900s part of the Colorado River was diverted to irrigate a large agricultural area. In 1905 the river breached an irrigation canal and the river flowed for 16 months into the Salton Sink flooding an area of more than 350,000 acres... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Salton Sea is really interesting place to visit. Abandoned villages, dead fish and really salty sea. The history behind the man made disaster is really interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

We were staying in Indio and it was raining, so we decided to go for a drive. We drove south to the Salton Sea and the Imperial Valley (where it was not raining). The surface of the Salton Sea is 234.0 ft. (71.3 m) below sea level. It has periodically been flooded by the Colorado River and periodically dried up.... More 

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Parrottsville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

There is not a lot to do and most of the sea is unattainable but there is a beach, a marina and campsites on the east side of the Salton Sea. The water has cleared up and there was a pleasant sea smell when we visited. We went to the Salton Sea Kayak Campground to get to the water. We... More 

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