The Salton Sea is a shallow and highly saline body of water in southern California, just south of I-10, entering Coachella Valley. It’s one of the largest inland seas and lowest spots in the world at -227 ft below sea level.
The Salton Sea is polluted. According to GreenMatters, the mud in the sea contains toxic chemicals, including chromium, zinc, lead, and pesticides blow into the sea from nearby agriculture. These chemicals are dangerous to marine ecosystems and humans.
The Salton Sea is not safe for swimming because of its toxicity. Boating, kayaking, and fishing are permitted, but we recommend discretion.
Salton Sea camping is allowed. There are campgrounds located around the body of water. And while the towns around the sea seem like ghost towns, you’re likely to find campgrounds populated.