“One of the world's largest inland seas”
Lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley. For the next 18 months the entire volume of the Colorado River rushed downward into the Salton Trough. By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born at 45 miles long and 20 miles wide – equaling about 130 miles of shoreline. Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore and has long been a popular site for campers, boaters and anglers. Increasing salinity in the Salton Sea basin has limited the number of types of fish that can be found there, and most fish currently caught are Tilapia. Varner Harbor within the SRA provides easy access to the sea for boating and water skiing. Kayakers, campers, birdwatchers, photographers and hikers can enjoy the site's many recreation opportunities.
I'll get this out of the way now... it smells. Bad. But it's such a weird, eerie, creepy place! It used to be a popular vacation spot and now it's abandoned. Stop by the visitor's center for a better explanation of the history of the place! Oh, and make sure your car is gassed up and that you have water, snacks, and shoes you don't mind getting a little dirty.
This app is telling people to go here. How appalling !! I’m telling you now, it’s not worth it. It is a gross and disgusting place. Terrible smell of tons of dead fish. Dead fish litter the beach!! The state of California should do something about this nasty place because people do live there in trailers. I don’t know how they put up with it. The last thing they need are tourists coming in to see this travesty. There is NOTHING to see here.
Really nice access to beach. Watch out for flies and rattlesnakes!
Bright! Bring your sunglasses!
This place is dumb. Don't bother. Nothing to do. Nothing to look at, far away from anything, not even a gas station. You can visit Bombay Beach, down the road, but it literally is 20 dilapidated motor homes. Nothing worth Instagramming.
So this place has a rich history which you can read somewhere else. I went in winter around sunset and the smell was not bad. There are skeletons of fish around, but there weren’t too many. It was weird to be on a beach where the “sand” was actually bones. There were a lot of flies, but also a lot of birds. This place is worth a trip to see because the surrounding area is so weird and also because it might not be here in the future !
This place is dead, i'm the most literal way. This spot is a must sea in the way: birds and flies feed off dried fish corpse on a white beach of bones and crushed seashells.
I used to live there when I was a kid back i the late 70s and early 80s
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