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Salton Sea State Recreation Area

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.

100-225 State Park Road, Mecca, CA 92254

Place Type

Parks / Recreations

Website

parks.ca.gov

City/Region

Mecca

Upcoming Events

SeaFest

SeaFest will feature the Great California Balloon Race in the morning and the Lowest Glow On Earth at night. In between will be a Modernism Week vintage car...

10/21 7am

Recent Events

North Shore X

2/11/2017

Recent Activity

Tevita M

Tevita M posted a photo 9/16/2017

Lowest Glow on Earth, Presented by IID Lowest Glow on Earth, Presented by IID

Tevita M

Tevita M posted a photo 9/16/2017

Great California Balloon Race & Lowest Glow on Earth presented by IID (Imperial Irrigation District) Great California Balloon Race & Lowest Glow on Earth presented by IID (Imperial Irrigation District)

Tevita M

Tevita M posted a photo 9/16/2017

Modernism Week-santioned Vintage Car Show Modernism Week-santioned Vintage Car Show

Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Salton Sea State Recreation Area posted a photo 2/7/2017