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Salton Sea

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Ranked #1,874 of 4,682 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We took a day and drove all around the Salton Sea. The state park itself is definitely somewhere you need to stop, as they have informative brochures about things to do in the surrounding area as well as the museum that tells all about how the Salton Sea came to be. We went in March and didn't notice as much... More

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Minot, North Dakota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

While spending the winters in Yuma We got company from North Dakota and We were looking for some good sight seeing and Our company suggested the Salton Sea area as they Motorcycled to the Salton Sea and enjoyed the area and its History. We agreed to spend the day touring the Sea area and We were very happy that We... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
38 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

A documentary was being filmed at the time we visited. Fortunately, local agencies have a plan to save the Salton Sea. Without intervention, the shallow sea will recede further, worsening the sand storms that plague the Coachella and Imperial Valleys. So glad that we got to see this amazing area and learn about its history.

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I have lived in California for over 30 years and had never visited the Salton Sea. We drove out from Palm Springs last weekend, and we all (3 adults, and two under 10 kids) found it fascinating. Would highly recommend. Next time out, we want to leave more time to go on to Slab City and Salvation Mountain. There is... More

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Montrose, Colorado
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85 reviews 85 reviews
23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I've lived on the Great Lakes, so I expected the fish smell (unlike another reviewer who is from Illinois and should have known better). This body of water's history is interesting, because it happened by accident. Stop at the visitor's center to watch an interesting video and talk to a volunteer who will tell you everything there is to know.... More

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Boron, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

It was everything I thought it would be and more. And it was beyond expectation. I suggest reading about the place and familiarizing yourself so you don't show up with grandma and the kids ready for a water-ski weekend.

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We did not go out of our way to see this, thankfully, but stopped on our way from Borrego Springs to La Quinta. Huge body of water,so that's interesting, but the area where we stopped was like a trash dump along the shore. The water was filthy and smelled. Burned out buildings and furniture littered the shore. No humans in... More

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Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
25 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The Salton Sea was once a resort area with boating, fishing, and skiing. It is now a Polluted lake that only one fish the Tilapia have survived. There are dead fish all along the beach which is ground up fish bones. I drove to Bombay beach which is about a 15min. drive. This is the most devastating community I have... More

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Had driven by years ago and was intrigued by this huge body of water in the middle of the desert and have been wanting to explore and finally got the chance to. Started out the journey with some sort of nervousness or unease expecting to visit very isolated and deserted places along the way and that If I had car... More

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Clinton, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

You must see this for yourself. Apocalypse... Worse than any hopeless zombie movie ever created is the Salton Sea... Sorry to be dramatic but breathing is nearly impossible. The stench hits you immediately as you open your car door. Walking on the skeletons of millions of dead fish pretending to be sand is creepy. I cannot believe the great state... More

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