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Address: CA
Phone Number: 760-393-3052
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: 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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It's a bit strange walking along the shore crunching over the fish bones. The water looks horrible up close and the dead fish in different stages of decomposition don't make for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

It's a bit strange walking along the shore crunching over the fish bones. The water looks horrible up close and the dead fish in different stages of decomposition don't make for a nice sight. There are quite a few picnic tables with BBQ's which are set back far enough so it doesn't smell. Good place for some bird watching.

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MANNHEIM
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128 reviews 128 reviews
29 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

... for nature enthusiasts. This is a one of a kind experience, much more interesting than the Great Salt Lake, with lots of pelicans, teeming with saltwater fish, mostly Tilapia, because the water is very salty, since the sea has no outlet. I stood about 230 ft. under sea level, and compared to Badwater in the Death Valley this is... More 

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Hacienda Heights, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I've been wanting to see the Salton Sea for a while and I finally went and ....it's just a smelly body of water. I expected it to be some majestic wondrous place? I mean, it kinda is. You walk around on what you think is sand but with a closer look you'll realize its just fish bones. It's super interesting... More 

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Odense, Denmark
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101 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It smells a bit and there are dead fish lining the shoreline. Lots of birds if your in to that. The sea loos nice from far away but not when you get close. Been here before and I went there with my parent in-law on the way to Ladder canyon.

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Lethbridge
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85 reviews 85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I toured the Salton Sea area for a few hours. From a distance it looks quite inviting and I enjoyed seeing all the pelicans and other shore birds. After getting out of the car and walking on the beach I realized that all I'd read and seen in a documentary was not exaggerated. I was amazed to see all of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking to see birds, this is the place! Pack a picnic lunch as no food is available. Visitors centre manned by volunteers and is excellent source of history of the area. Mostly open, crushed shell beach. Not much shade,but a breeze is usually blowing. Numbers and types of birds vary on time of year.

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I was torn between rating this a 3 or a 4 but went with a 4 because it is worth a visit if you are in the area and have the time. If you don't have much time in Palm Springs, you should probably go to San Jacinto Mountain and Joshua Tree and skip the Salton Sea, but be sure... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

There are a lot of interesting sights around the Salton Sea, but the Sea itself, has an odor and leaves a bit to be desired. I have heard the stories, seen the shows discussing it's downfall. There are really not that many decrepit sights that some of the photos I have seen made me think there might be. I drove... More 

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Naples, Florida
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158 reviews 158 reviews
33 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It was a waste of time for sure but I had to see it while staying in Palm Desert. The reviews I read were very good. The Salton Sea Beach and Marina are terrible. Most of the stuff is closed, fenced off, or torn down. No one on the beach. Only a few curios sight seers as we were. Was... More 

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It was kind of a waste of time but I just had to visit while staying in Palm Desert. All of the reviews are right on. The Salton Sea Beach and Marina are awful. Everything is closed, burned down, or fenced off. No one on the beaches thats for sure. It was a different road trip, will never go again.

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