If you're looking for a place to
get away from civilization and closer to
Sea has much to offer. It is the ideal
destination for anyone who enjoys soaking up
views, watching the local
wildlife, paddling, camping, boating, and many other
The Salton Sea, located in the southeastern
corner of California, is actually a lake which
desert basin known as the Salton Sink.
This body of water covers a surface area of 376
square miles, making it larger than Lake Tahoe and
Mono Lake. In fact, the Salton Sea is the largest
lake in California. The Sea's current elevation is
about 227 feet below mean sea level, its maximum
depth reaches 51 feet and its total volume is about
7.5 million acre-feet.
The Salton Sea offers all types
of water sports. It is a water recreation wonderland
that includes water and jet skiing,
wakeboarding, kayaking, and swimming. A new kayak
trail extends fourteen miles along the shoreline,
from behind the visitor center at Varner Harbor to
Bombay Beach Campground. Two kayak camps at Salt
Creek and Bombay Beach have kayak racks, picnic
tables, restrooms and showers.
The Salton Sea is an
outdoor wonderland with great paddling a unique
desert landscape and a plethora of desert animals.
Wildlife viewing is superb. Salton Sea is relatively
remote and is the stopping-off place for large
flocks of a variety of birds, being the only body of
water for many miles. The Salton Sea is a premiere paddling destination for
those who like to get away from it all while
enjoying the outdoors. It offers a little bit of
relaxation for everyone.
Besides the opportunity for bird
watching and for fishing, the Salton Sea and
its immediate vicinity offer recreational
opportunities including boating, camping,
off-roading, hiking, hunting, use of
personal watercraft and photography. Hiking
among the desert flora is an added
experience, and hikers frequently see native
wildlife including mule deer, and coyotes.
Fees: There is a fee to camp and for day use.
Lake Facilities: Swimming beaches are located all
around the shoreline. Many places have showers for
swimmers as well. Boaters, waterskiers, kayakers,
campers, birdwatchers, photographers and hikers can
enjoy the site’s many recreation opportunities here.
There are several improved launch facilities as well
as bait, tackle, and groceries. Free launch locations: Imperial County
Parks Ph: 619 339-4384
Red Hill Marinas Ph: 619 348-2310