California’s Salton Sea Campground on Verge of Closing

May 11, 2012 by   - () Comments Off on California’s Salton Sea Campground on Verge of Closing

A view of the Salton Sea in Southern California.

Adeline and Walt Holmtren have been visiting the northeastern shore of the Salton Sea for more than 50 years. A couple times each month since the early 1960s they drive their camper from their home in Aguanga in Riverside County to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and camp for a couple of nights at the Salt Creek Campground, U-T San Diego reported.

It is an odd place. The Salton Sea is Californias’ largest lake and its surface elevation is about 230 feet below sea level, making it one of the lowest places on Earth. Millions of birds use the sea each winter. There is a particular smell, not always pleasant, but people get used to it quickly, they say.

“It’s a unique place,” said Adeline, 70. “There isn’t anything like it.”

But that may well all end this summer.

The recreation area is a 14-mile-long shoreline state park that, despite millions of dollars in improvements in the past decade, is scheduled to be permanently closed June 30.

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