The fishery at the Salton Sea was once among the most productive in the world. The Sea still has millions of has tilapia. The tilapia weigh up to 3.5 pounds. The following is a list of fishing sites around the Sea:
• Bombay Beach Marina
• Red Hill Marina
• Salt Creek Beach
• The Jetty at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area
• West Side Jetties
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.
There are over 2,000 campsites located around the shores of the Salton Sea. There are dozens of hiking trails near Salton City and nearby Dos Palmas area. Some campsites offer all the amenities (water, showers, restrooms, paved parking, full hook-ups, electric and sewer), but the majority of campsites are more primitive with limited amenities, and some have no developed facilities. You can call 760-393-3059 for more information.
Salton Sea State Recreation Area - Located on the northeastern side of the Sea, the park hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Visitors can choose from six different campgrounds, 1,400 campsites, hundreds of picnic sites, trails, playgrounds and a visitors' center.
Headquarters Campground - For those outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy nature, but do not enjoy "roughing it," the campground at the Recreation Area's headquarters has the convenience of full hook-ups: electric, water and sewer.
Located next to Varner's Harbor and the park's visitor center, campers can enjoy video presentations and static displays about the Salton Sea. Children will enjoy the playground and the fishing jetty is open every day. The hook-up campground is the most popular. So, reservations are strongly recommended.
There are 15 full hook-up sites with picnic table and barbecue in the campsite (no tents allowed).
There are 25 developed campsites. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Restrooms have electricity, running water and hot pay showers. ($.25 per 5 minutes).
Call Park.Net at 800-444-PARK to secure your spot.