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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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The Salton Sea is 35 miles by 15 miles and more than 300' below sea level. In the early 1900s part of the Colorado River was diverted to irrigate a large agricultural area. In... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
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Gros Morne National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although this place is sad, so overlooked, so broken, I'm so very happy the we took the extra hour and stopped here en route to Palm Springs. Salton Sea was the playground for the rich back in the day. It's now a hollow shell of it's former glory with miles upon miles of deserted beach that is filled with dead... More 

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North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Salton Sea is 35 miles by 15 miles and more than 300' below sea level. In the early 1900s part of the Colorado River was diverted to irrigate a large agricultural area. In 1905 the river breached an irrigation canal and the river flowed for 16 months into the Salton Sink flooding an area of more than 350,000 acres... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Salton Sea is really interesting place to visit. Abandoned villages, dead fish and really salty sea. The history behind the man made disaster is really interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in Indio and it was raining, so we decided to go for a drive. We drove south to the Salton Sea and the Imperial Valley (where it was not raining). The surface of the Salton Sea is 234.0 ft. (71.3 m) below sea level. It has periodically been flooded by the Colorado River and periodically dried up.... More 

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Parrottsville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

There is not a lot to do and most of the sea is unattainable but there is a beach, a marina and campsites on the east side of the Salton Sea. The water has cleared up and there was a pleasant sea smell when we visited. We went to the Salton Sea Kayak Campground to get to the water. We... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Salton Sea is a great story of the effect of humanity on the environment. You need to do your research and learn the story of the sea before you go to get the best perspective. I'm mostly into geology so it was great to see the geothermal plants, mud pots, and volcanoes. However, seeing the abandoned towns was interesting. We... More 

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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

1- the Date farms 2- the Oases 3- the mud pots 4- the Sea, state parks and beaches 5- the weird unique towns like Bombay Beach all around the lake 6- Salvation Mountain (my favorite)

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We stopped at the state park and the rangers were very nice and helpful. We came for the famous bird views and we were NOT disappointed. From the State Park on the east side of the sea, we went south to the bird viewing area the rangers recommended. When it rains, it makes a muddy mess so remember good foot... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

If one is not a birder I don't know why you would come here.. the smell is quite offensive and when it rains it's very slick and muddy. However IF you are a bird watcher it's divine... we saw our first Burrowing Owls along the road system and the Sonny Bono wildlife refuge is really superb.

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

On a whim, we detoured here during a short vacation in Palm Desert. What a fascinating place. It's hard to believe that this used to be a huge boating/water-recreation area. And I'm still surprised that there are fish that can live in this lake. It reminds me of Mono Lake in the eastern Sierras. This is one of those places... More 

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