Monday, January 4, 2016
A large sea once covered the area where the Salton Sea and the Imperial Valley are today. Periodically the Colorado River would fill the valley so at times it was a fresh water lake, a salt water sea or a dry salt plain. The last natural cycle occurred about 400 years ago. The water now in the Salton Sea is the result of a cut made in the bank of the Colorado River in 1905 when irrigation canals were being dug. Water flowed into the valley for two years before the breach was repaired. The beautiful fresh water lake became of a vacation paradise for a short period but soon increased salinity of the water, algae blooms, fish die offs and agricultural pollution left most of the small communities ghost towns.
Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore. Covina Beach Campground is close the shore and has picnic tables, vault toilets and drinking water. No length limit for RVs.
The ground in the camping area is hard packed so rolling is fairly easy but soft sand and dunes make wheelchair access to the water impossible. Campground