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Soda Lake

San Luis Obispo, CA
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Fresno, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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

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San Luis Obispo, Ca
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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.

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Atascadero, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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

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Pismo Beach, California, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 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

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

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...

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Los Osos, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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.

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Morro Bay, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

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Atascadero, California, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Always worth a visit! Amazing when everything is in bloom! My husband andI spent a day just hiking around taking photos, it was an amazing experience. This is a great area to take kids to learn about California's abundant wildlife

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

California is just a beautiful State! Soda Lake is in the country. Make sure you have plenty of gas in your car. Spring flowers are fabulous! Pack a lunch and enjoy! Wonderful side roads. Stop at Pozo Saloon for some history and food.

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Pismo Beach, CA
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100 reviews 100 reviews
12 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

If you're looking for some very interesting scenery, you'll want to drive out to Soda Like. There is a good lookout point where you can see for miles. This is the best dead lake I've ever seen! Ther eis a very intersting history from before the water was stolen from it. However, the very interesting part is the San AndreasFault.... More

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