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Salton Sea

CA
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Ranked #1,796 of 4,962 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.
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238 reviews 238 reviews
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339 helpful votes 339 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

If you like seeing usual places on earth, and you happen to be near Palm Springs, then the Salton Sea is a very interesting little day trip. Be sure to go to the visitor's center, and allow time to drive at least part way around the lake to explore. Keep in mind that this is a low-key subtle attraction, so... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We had a short visit here after spending the better part of the day at Joshua Tree NP. I had never heard of the Salton Sea until the day before we went. Note : google the sea and it's history before going to fully enjoy it's amazing history. Be warned it does have a stinky smell. But the eerie beauty... More

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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155 reviews 155 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A highway view is strange. A dark blue sea in the middle of the desert. The visual is just beautiful and for a moment you think it is a mirage. You want it to be an oasis, but it is a bit disappointing. It's a dead lake with dead fish on the shore. It's drying up and you can tell... More

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Buena Park, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My sister and I took a road trip just to visit and see what the Sea was like. I was very excited because of the history of the place. As soon as we hit Bombay Beach, one of the locals started to trail us immediately. When I stopped at a stop sign he very rudly told us that we weren't... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Me and my boyfriend just wrapped up our roadtrip across the country and this is one of the areas we camped at on the way. At first I thought this place was really lovely. Beautiful waters and camping area. We spent $20 to camp the night here which is reasonable. A nice spot with a picnic table and fire pit.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I loved it. I hate it that don't like it because it's stinky, dirty, and gross. But it great that they still have this piece of history. I actually live about 2 minutes away in North Shore. If you get hungry you can always go to the banana Museum it's only about a minute away depending on what part of... More

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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Lots to see. Bird watchers paradise. Many species to see. Nice stroll from Sonny Bono recreational park. Fish and bird bones as well as shells on the beach. Don't wear flip flips and think you are getting in the water, don't do it barefooted either. I just had to put my feet in it. The odor is terrible. Go with... More

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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The most recent incarnation of the Salton Sea (geologic records provide evidence of an inland lake here off and on in the past) was created in 1905 by a combination of poor engineering decisions made while building irrigation canals for the Imperial Valley and an unusually stormy winter caused the Colorado River to jump it banks and begin flooding the... More

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Annapolis
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The Salton Sea is a diamond in the rough- California’s largest lake situated in the middle of the desert. It’s hard to believe that the state hasn’t capitalized on this neglected oasis. It has such great potential – swimming, fishing, picnicking, camping, boating communing with nature. A photographer’s dream, it’s interesting, obscure, and, fantastic for birdwatchers. It’s such an unusual... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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45 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We drove down from Palm Desert and it certainly was worth seeing. I didn't know at that point that the San Andreas fault runs on the east side of the lake. It is strange to see so few people on the shores of a lake and no boats on it either.

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