California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea boasts beautiful vistas, bountiful agriculture and personal recreation a’plenty.
Steady inflow yet lack of out flow forces accelerated ecological change here.
Low water outflow also increases the sea’s salinity about 1% each year.
Saltier than the Pacific but not Salt Lake, few species of fish can survive in such salinity levels.
Survivors include the desert pupfish and tilapia.
We came across a man and his wife fishing for a tilapia dinner. They reassured us that the internet had reassured them that the fish was edible.
Despite the lack of diversity in aquatic life, the avian population thrives.
Over 400 species of birds have been recorded at the Salton Sea.
30% of the white pelican population calls the Salton Sea home.
Even beautiful blue footed boobies from the Galapagos Islands have been spotted stopping by the Salton Sea.
A trip to the Salton Sea actually inspired my sister’s blue footed booby Halloween costume last year! How cute are they?
Rainfall and agriculture run-off can also cause continuous fluctuations in the Salton Sea‘s size, bacteria levels and algae blooms.
We witnessed fields and fields of farming.
Rows of lemon groves, bell pepper vines and date trees (one of my favorite natural sweeteners!) can be seen growing around the Salton Sea.
Date shakes are a popular offering in the area.
Did someone say milkshake?!
A gorgeous waterfront campground equipped with covered picnic tables, mobile home slips and water-fed facilities overlooks the northern end of the lake.
My Dad can be credited for inspiring exploration to this beautifully unique basin below sea level.
We all had a lovely day experiencing the sultry, scenic Salton Sea and Palm Desert area.