Friday, July 21, 2017

Sports & Leisure

Salton Sea Recreation Area Activities


The fishery at the Salton Sea was once among the most productive in the world. The Sea still has millions of has tilapia. 

  • Fishing locations:
    • The Jetty at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area
    • Around the Sea



Boat launch at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area (SS SRA) Visitor Center.  3’ drag.  No keels.  Fees apply.

The camp store, at the SS SRA Visitor Center, rents out kayaks.

Lightweight boats carried to the water can be launched elsewhere.

Due to low water level, recommends that boaters check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat.  

Information: Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944), or the camp store at 760-289-9455.


The Sea is one of the most important wetlands along the Pacific Flyway. Several million birds migrate and inhabit the area every year. Over 400 species of birds have been counted at the Sea, including eared grebes, endangered brown pelicans, great blue herons, ospreys, burrowing owls, gulls, ducks, geese and terns. Each winter it is home for the annual Salton Sea Bird Festival.

The following is information on major sites for bird watching:

  • Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge - Two areas are open daily, sunrise to sunset. This refuge is the second most popular site within the National Wildlife Refuge system for bird watchers.
  • Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area - This area is open daily, sunrise to sunset. There are 4,200 acres of marshlands and ponds, and there is controlled hunting in season with licenses and permits.
  • Salton Sea Recreation State Park - Many unusual birds have been spotted at the headquarters campground and the Salt Creek campground. A free bird list is available from the entrance station and Visitors' Center.



Camping at Salton Sea State Recreation Area – reservations available October through May.  (No camping at Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR.)  Fees apply.

The person in charge of the camp will drop by to collect your fee if not already paid. 
Call 760-393-3059 for more information. 

For reservations, call Park.Net (Reserve America) at 800-444-PARK (7275), or reserve online at

  • Headquarters Campground – Electricity, water, sewer, fishing.  On the reservation system.

  • New Camp – Paved parking, restrooms, showers, shade, and fishing.  On the reservation system.

  • Mecca Beach – Paved parking, showers.  Not on reservation system. 

  • Corvina Beach – more primitive – RVs, outhouses.  Not on reservation system. 

  • Salt Creek (home to endangered desert pupfish) – "dry camp" – no water, no facilities.  Outhouses, beach camping.  Not on reservation system.




The Salton Sea Authority82995 Hwy 111, Suite 200, Indio, California 92201
Email: | Phone: 760-863-2695