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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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Flies and fish eyes.

We saw this on TV during an Anthony Bourdain show, and had never heard of it before, so decided to take a side trip on the way east from LA. First thing to greet you when open the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Birmingham, AL

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Phoenix, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Be careful not to get a fender bender in this town. They will send every responder they can and they will send you a giant bill for it!

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Birmingham, AL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We saw this on TV during an Anthony Bourdain show, and had never heard of it before, so decided to take a side trip on the way east from LA. First thing to greet you when open the door at the self-pay station are the flies. So. Many. Flies. At least 20 came into our car and annoyed us the... More 

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Las Vegas, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Don't have a lot to say other than the fact that it's a very strange place but very much worth visiting. If only for the fact to check it off of your list. Multiple ghost towns surround this desolate lake/sea and the story about how they came about as well as disappeared is both fascinating and melancholy at the same... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The stench as we approached the shore of Salton Sea at Bombay Beach was overpowering, but who really cares. The Salton Sea is such a unique place and it's evaporating at such a rapid rate, so see it before it's gone. The feeling of desolation is tough to put into words. The best I can say is that we felt... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California and is really a massive size lake. What surprised me the most was that the whole place is abandoned, you can drive for miles with out seeing a single person.

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Manasquan, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Caused by a leak in a ditch a hundred years ago, it is now a very large lake. If California stops letting water in, it will be gone soon. The ruins in Bombay Beach and other places are out of this world. The lake smells a little and there were dead fish on the beach, but it is quite beautiful,... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 484 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This place provokes a lot of thoughts and emotions and it will surely stay in your memory, so I'd suggest to visit it once. And one visit is probably the best number to shoot for :) So here is a bit extended version. As other reviewers mentioned, the lake was created by mistake 110 years ago when Colorado river was... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

So I've visited BOTH shores of the Salton Sea and they are like day and night. I went via Salton City, where you have to find your own way and there are no signs. The smells are horrible as they are of rotting aquatic life, particularly fish washed up on the shore. The water 'looks' to be a beautiful blue... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

To correct several mis-impressions in other reviews - The Salton Sea was created 110 years ago when engineers miscalculated water flow from the Colorado River, created a breach in the banks, and the river water flowed into a depression several hundred feet below sea-level, the site of the ancient Lake Cahuilla. It has grown and shrunk over the years with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

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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