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Address: San Luis Obispo, CA
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Pure. Raw. Beautiful.

With a name like Soda Lake you know what is in store- salt. Anybody who reviewed this place in the negative was obviously expecting Disneyland. Its not, and thats what makes it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Jessica S
Carpinteria, California
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Carpinteria, California
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

With a name like Soda Lake you know what is in store- salt. Anybody who reviewed this place in the negative was obviously expecting Disneyland. Its not, and thats what makes it awesome for tranauility seekers. It's nature - pure and raw and beautiful.

1 Thank Jessica S
La Canada, California
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578 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

It's 65 miles away from San Luis Obispo! This lake might be interesting to some people...it's part of the Carrizo Plain National Monument...but it's a 90 minute drive to the lake! The area is a semi-arid part of California with very little population. One feels like they're a million miles away from civilization and is a wonderful place for those... More 

1 Thank Rogerdob
Pismo Beach, California
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84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I just have to say wow. Come see it for yourself. You will see what I mean. Another one of the mysteries of San Luis Obispo County.

Thank GuitarManDoug
Fresno, California
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I've been to Soda Lake several times over the years and have enjoyed it every time. There is an overlook on a nearby hill (restroom facilities) which is a must-do. Be sure to also walk along the shore boardwalk. The lake is an Audubon "Important Bird Area" so keep an eye out for a variety of bird species. Burrowing Owls... More 

2 Thank Howard-Clark-Jr
San Luis Obispo, Ca
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It is a longer drive but make sure you come in from Highway 166 end, I think a more interesting drive. The lake is very different for our area with many birds. It is also close the the San Andreas fault line, which is interesting in its self, very visible on the eastern side of the lake.

4 Thank golfingslo
Atascadero, California
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72 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

It is a great place if you are looking for solitude. It's a trip into the remote area of California where you see very few if any people. I must say it is a little bit mystical, or at least it seemed that way the day we ventured out. If you are looking for a great day trip out from... More 

3 Thank winkphoto
Pismo Beach, California, United States
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Remote, dirt road access...usually dry as a bone; may be wet in winter depending on the local rainfall, about 3 inches per year. Hot in summer, but no humidity. So, BRILLIANT whiteness, animals at night, birds by day, views, heat-distorted views with photo ops, tanning ops, wildflowers in spring & early summer IF there is enough rain, bicycling, camping, hunting,... More 

2 Thank Chris F
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Wow I am from Florida and there is nothing here to do, only hiking in the desert and forget that unless you like to walk directly in the sun.... I love to hike but couldn't imagine spending more the 30 mins in this heat...

3 Thank springfp
Los Osos, California
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60 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Soda Lake area is fascinating and can be beautiful, depending on when you go. It's at its best in springtime, especially if we've had enough rain. Don't forget to check out the dramatic example of the San Andreas fault impact on the north side.

7 Thank Beach-Nana93402
Morro Bay, California
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Have been to Soda Lake a number of times, during spring, fall and winter. Beautiful wildflower blooms if you hit it at the right time in the spring - watch the "Desert Wildflower alert" websites for California Valley to find out how the wildflowers are faring. This area is also a famous stopover for rare migratory waterfowl, some of which... More 

3 Thank jthomasca

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