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Salton Sea

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Ranked #1,762 of 4,886 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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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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665 reviews 665 reviews
443 attraction reviews
800 helpful votes 800 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
45 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We had watched a documentary about the Salton Sea, so when we were in the Palm Springs area, we decided to take a quick trip out there since it was relatively close by. The documentary portrayed the area as a totally abondoned lake, with a handfull of weirdos living in a few areas. This is not at all what we... More

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Manchester, UK
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

You can read elsewhere about the unusual formation of this lake. It is a very unusual salt lake that attracts a huge variety of birds. We stopped at the interpretive centre on the north eastern shore as we came in from Palm Desert. There is a seaside smell to the shore which was not a problem. We were just after... More

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Torrance, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

If you are looking for a good place for swimming as well as camping and if you like the Dessert you will enjoy Salton Sea Ca. this is the place to camp as well as if you can get a camp spot right by the water. Years ago when I was here as a kid, I had a great time... More

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St Paul, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

While in Palm Springs for a vacation, we decided to visit the Salton Sea. I had read about this lake and its properties. I knew how it was formed and some of the history of people who lived near it. I had been told that it had become a swampy smelly lake basin with dead fish along the shore. That... More

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
44 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Going through Bombay Beach with your doors locked is a memory you will not soon forget. The interpretative centre at the park contains a lot of interesting information.

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St Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

As we were in Palm Springs and close to this waterbody which I had read about many times, We drove to the area. I had been told by a relative that it was a dried up area stinking of dead fish. I actually saw a vast water body twice the area of Lake Tahoe. I found no dead stinking fish.... More

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