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Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Information from Parks.ca.gov

One of the world's largest inland seas and 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.

Location-Directions

30 miles south of Indio on Highway 111.  Located on the north shore of the Salton Sea, it is about a three hour drive from the Los Angeles or San Diego areas.  From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Indio, take 86S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance.  From San Diego take Highway 78 east, then left (north) on Highway 86 .  Turn right at Avenue 66 and then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
Seasonal climates can be extreme: layered clothing is always advised.

 

 

 

Salton Sea SRA

The SDIA works wth the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and Picacho State Recreation Area by providing educational and interpretive activities for the public.

California State Park

Help support the park by planning a visit. There are many great outdoor activities available. Go fishing or hiking, bicycling or off-roading, your desert adventure awaits!

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Several campgrounds in the area offer a wide range of camping experiences. There are full hookups, tent sites and primitive beach sites available.

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Tilapia

The Salton Sea has been shrouded in bad publicity. The SDIA wants to clear up some of the rumors by providing this helpful page with facts and information. Find out the truth behind the Salton Sea and plan a visit to the area.

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