Day Trip to The Salton Sea

Salton Sea

The Salton Sea is both beautiful and tragic.

This is not a natural body of water. It is a man-made engineering failure of epic proportions.

The Salton Sea is located below sea level in south eastern California directly on top of the San Andreas fault line. In 1900 irrigation canals were constructed to bring water from the Colorado River to the desert. A little water would have been nice, but ….. they got much more than a little water. 350+ square miles flooded.

Then developers came in looking to make money from this new water paradise in the desert. This worked for a number of years until it once again became obvious that the unnatural, man created flooding of this area is not what nature intended.

The lack of drainage means that runoff, including fertilizers, collect in the sea. The salinity has risen so that this “fresh water” is now saltier than the ocean. Species of fish have died off. Bacteria levels are elevated. This impacts the fish, birds, plants and everything else that is interconnected.

What appears to be a beautiful white sand beach from a distance is very different up close. The “white sand” is actually bits and pieces of dead fish. Normally, when I’m near water I want to jump in or at least get my toes wet – not so at The Salton Sea.

The Salton Sea is beautiful, but it is also a stark reminder that bad things happen when humans mess with the earth’s natural balance.

Dead Tilapia at The Salton Sea

Salton Sea

Salton Sea


Salton Sea

22 comments for “Day Trip to The Salton Sea

  1. Anita E
    April 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Other than the dead fish photos it looks like a beautiful place. It’s a shame that people have to go in and try to change the natural scenery without thinking about the long-term consequences. There is only so much land in the USA I don’t understand why people can’t just leave what is already there alone.

  2. vickie couturier
    April 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

    the dead fish would keep me from there,no thanks

  3. Joannie
    April 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    This is a tragic, but no uncommon, occurrence these days. We need to learn how to take care of this wonderful earth. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Jeffrey
    April 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    This looks like an interesting place to go to for a day trip.

  5. mrsshukra
    April 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I have to travel more. Never even heard of Salton Sea until now!

  6. ger
    April 30, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    It sounds so strange!

  7. Chelsea B.
    May 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    How strange and sad :(

  8. ANN*H
    May 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Kind strange with all the dead fish and all on the beach. So sad that we forget our Earth needs to be cared for too

  9. Mia
    May 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I hate hearing of these tragedies when we don’t respect our natural environment as we should.

  10. Jeffrey
    June 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    The Salton Sea looks really cool to visit.

  11. Jeffrey
    June 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I would love to visit this place.

  12. Maralea
    July 12, 2016 at 1:09 am

    How sad this is!

  13. Jeffrey
    July 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Salton Sea: An example of what happens when man interferes with nature.

    October 20, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    The Salton Sea should be an example of what people think of when we want to look at short-term vs. long-term planning for an area.

    November 25, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    This is a place I surely want to stop at on a visit to California.

    December 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Salton Sea looks like a fantastic place.

  17. Jeffrey
    January 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Cool place!

  18. Sheila Russell
    January 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Look good from afar, just goes to show us man shouldn’t mess with nature

  19. Joan Elliott
    February 14, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Didn’t know about this place. So tragic!

  20. Jeffrey
    May 18, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Solemn and majestic looking.

  21. May 20, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I never heard of this until now. It is really tragic how man has tried to dominate and ruin. If it was initially a desert maybe it should have stayed that way. The Grand Creator knew what he was doing.

  22. Jeffrey
    June 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Salton Sea: Another example of man’s folly

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