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Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Salton Sea State Recreation Area100-225 State Park Road
North Shore, CA 92254

The Visitors Center is located in the north side of the park, at 3330′16″N 11554′53″W / 33.50444N 115.91472W / 33.50444; -115.91472, on California State Route 111.

The Corvina Beach Campground, near the center of the park, is located at 3328′27″N 11553′20″W / 33.47417N 115.88889W / 33.47417; -115.88889.

Website: Salton Sea State Recreation Area

30 miles south of Indio on Highway 111.  Located on the northeastern side of the Salton Sea, it is about a three hour drive from the Los Angeles area.  The park is located between Highway 10 on the North, and Highway 8 on the South. Highway 111, south of  Indio in the Coachella Valley, runs along the lake's northeast side.

One of the world's largest inland seas, Salton Sea was created by accident in 1905 when increased flooding on the Colorado River allowed water to crash through canal barriers and for the next 18 months the entire flow of the Colorado River rushed downhill into the Salton Trough. By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born - 45 miles long and 20 miles wide - equaling 110 miles of shoreline. This 360 square-mile basin is a popular site for boaters, water-skiers and anglers. 

Most fish currently caught are Tilapia, but Corvina, Gulf Croaker and Sargo have been known to jump on a line. Kayakers, birdwatchers and other visitors can enjoy the site's many recreation opportunities. Because the sea's low altitude (227 feet below sea level), atmospheric pressure improves speed and ski boat engine performance.

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

Wi-Fi Service
Salton Sea State Recreation Area now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service!  This service enables park visitors with wireless enabled laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access the Internet. Park visitors will be able to gain Wi-Fi access when they use a wireless device within about 150 to 200 feet of the Visitor Center in the park.

Park Features


  • Exhibits and Programs
  • Family Campsites
  • Fishing
  • Guided Tours
  • Hike or Bike Campsites
  • Hiking Trails
  • Nature Trails
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing


  • Boat Mooring
  • Boat Ramps
  • Parking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Restrooms
  • RV Dump Station
  • RV Hookups
  • Visitor Center


  • Reservations Recommended

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