We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Soda Lake

San Luis Obispo, CA
Improve this listing
75%
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Attraction details
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Write a Review

17 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    6
    6
    4
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
La Canada, California
Top Contributor
433 reviews 433 reviews
100 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Luis Obispo, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fresno, California
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Luis Obispo, Ca
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Atascadero, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Pismo Beach, California, United States
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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...

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Los Osos, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Morro Bay, California
Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Soda Lake also viewed

San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
 
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
 

Been to Soda Lake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Soda Lake staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?