The Salton Sea was created by accident in 1905 when a flood breached the temporary diversion of the Colorado River which had been put in place to continue the flow of water to the Imperial Valley after the Imperial Canal had become blocked with silt. Water flowed into the Salton Basin for a year and a half before the breach could be repaired. Agricultural run-off sustains the Sea today.
The lake is California's largest--35 miles long and 15 miles wide. It is almost twice the size of Lake Tahoe. It's salinity level is 44 parts per thousand, making it 25 percent saltier than the ocean.
Located along the Pacific Flyway, the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge has the second largest number of bird species within the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Dos Palmas Preserve, which is only a few miles from the headquarters of the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, is a wonderful oasis with hundreds of fan palms.
The Salton Sea State Recreation Area has several campgrounds with 1400 camp sites. We camped at Headquarters, which has hot showers and great views of the Sea. But, the train tracks aren't very far away.
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