The Salton Sea has an interesting history and future! The basin it is in was at one time a salt mine! The modern sea was created accidentally in 1905 when an irrigation canal coming off the Colorado River broke! It took two years for engineers to stop the water flow and the Salton Sea was born! The Salton Sea averages 15 miles wide by 35 miles long and has a depth of 44 feet. The lake's salinity is about 54 grams per Litre (i.e. g/L) which is greater than that of the Pacific Ocean at 35 g/L, but less than that of the Great Salt Lake which ranges from 50-270 g/L. The Salton Sea had some success as a resort area in the 1950's and had a housing boom in the 1990s. As to the sea's future, the water level is expected to decrease significantly between 2013 and 2021 due to changes in water apportionment agreements. There is a current movement to save the Salton Sea, as plans are underway to dry up the center section leaving a horseshoe shaped lake on the north end and a salt marsh on the south end. This plan's projected completion date is 2035!
We pulled into Silver Sands RV Park on March 4th planning to stay a couple of days and then move closer to other points of interest. We were given such a warm welcome by the park residents, that we decided to make the rv park our home base for traveling to nearby points of interest. The park is very basic, but is only $10.00 per night for a place to stay that provides water, sewer, and electricity! We stayed until the 11th alternating days of running and lounging at home. Our camper is in the center, with all our wonderful neighbor's homes around us!
This is our view across the highway to the sea. It was such a quiet and peaceful existence up on our hillside! It will call us back!
Many of the homes are of this style and spread out through the desert. The landscaping is mostly natural desert!
On the northeast side of the lake is the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. It has 14 miles of beach front and several campgrounds. Some have amenities and some don't. Those that do are about $30.00 a night!
This landscape is along State Route 22 going towards Borrego Springs. The community of Borrego Springs is about 30 miles from Salton City. Off in the distance you can see lots of campers. There was a San Diego based ATV club having a rally here. It looks like a great place for it! More about Borrego Springs in the next post!