Salton Sea State Recreation Area


The Salton Sea State Recreation Area (SRA) is a good place to camp or visit any nomad. The area covers 14 miles of the Salton Sea’s 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.  The main activities at SRA are kayaking, camping, and birdwatching. The SRA is a great retreat for any van dweller looking to explore the desert.   


The Salton Sea State Recreation Area (SRA) is a wonderful place to visit and spend a day or two exploring the Slaton Sea and surrounding areas like Bombay Beach and Slab City. The main activities of the SRA include camping, hiking, boating, wildlife watching, star gazing, water skiing, and fishing. However, the Salton Sea basin’s increasing salinity has limited the number and types of fish that can be found there. Tilapia seems the be the most caught here.  

There are multiple campground locations at SRA to include; Headquarters Beach, Salt Creek Beach, Mecca Beach, and Corvina Beach. Each of these campgrounds is located right on the Salton Sea and includes water and restrooms. South of SRA is Bombay Beach which offers a campground too but is more primitive.   


30 miles south of Indio on Highway 111.  Located on the north shore of the Salton Sea, it is about a three hour drive from the Los Angeles or San Diego areas.  From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Indio, take 86S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance.  From San Diego take Highway 78 east, then left (north) on Highway 86.  Turn right at Avenue 66 and then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance.

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