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Salton Sea State Recreation Area Campground (California)

Salton Sea State Recreation Area Overview

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The Salton Sea State Recreation Area offers visitors the rare opportunity to camp along the shores of one of the world’s largest inland seas. It’s also one of the lowest spots on earth at -227 feet below sea level. There are six campgrounds around the lake offering a total of 1,500 campsites. Most of the campground/campsites are primitive/beach camping with chemical toilets and piped water. You can reserve campsites October through May. Camping is first-come, first-served during the summer months (June – September).

The Recreation Area has 3 develop camping areas. Varner Harbor has 15 full hookup sites, New Camp (close to the Visitor Center) has 25 standard sites, and Mecca Beach Campground has 109 campsites (some with hookups).  These 3 developed camping areas also have restrooms (flush toilets) and hot showers.

Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area County Park has a nice campground. It’s about 26 miles in the desert town of La Quinta.

Salton Sea State Recreation Area

The Salton Sea was formed when the mighty Colorado River busted through some canal gates in 1905 and flooded the Imperial Valley.  The deluge went on for 18 months before the engineers were finally able to plug the hole.  The result was an inland sea 45 miles long and 20 miles wide – equaling about 130 miles of shoreline.

Today the Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore and has long been a popular site for campers, boaters and anglers.  Varner Harbor within the SRA provides easy access to the sea for boating and water skiing. Other outdoor recreation includes canoeing, kayaking windsurfing, bird and wildlife viewing, hiking and biking. There’s also some pretty sweet photo ops around the sea.

Amenities
  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Camp Store
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Hookup
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Marina
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • RV Hookups
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
  • Wifi access
Activities
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museum
  • Nature Trails
  • OTV Trails/Riding
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Wake Boarding
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
100-225 State Park Road
North Shore, California 92254
760 393-3052
Lat / Long:

33.5041, -115.9146

Best Campsites

36, 41, 44, 134, 136, 140, 145-148, 151-155.

Regions
Campsite Types
  • Primitive
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

https://www.reservecalifornia.com/CaliforniaWebHome/

# of Campsites:

1500 at 6 campgrounds

# of RV Campsites:

15 at Varner Harbor

Salton Sea State Recreation Area Photos

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Salton Sea SRA Restroom Mecca Beach
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Salton Sea SRA Visitors Center

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