Salt Creek Beach Campground is a large primitive tent and RV campground on the banks of the Salton Sea and offers waterfront camping with access to many activities. The area around the Salton Sea is popular for water activities as well as off-road driving, with plenty of wide-open spaces and jagged hills nearby. There are also several trails leading out of Salt Creek Beach Campground to popular destinations like the nearby Bat Cave Buttes, which is a series of caves that is, a popular recreation site in Southern California.
Salt Creek Beach Campground has 200 primitive campsites that are accessible by tent and RV campers. While the campsites are labeled as primitive campsites, drinking water and port-a-potties are available for campers. Campfires are allowed in self-provided metal containers only. Reservations are not accepted.
Salt Creek Beach Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||200 Campsites|
|Use Level:||Low – Medium|
|Fire Rings:||None – Camp fires allowed, campers must provide fire rings|
|Toilets:||Yes – Port-a-Potties|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station available at Headquarters Campground|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on some carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.444080, -115.845852|
|Nearest City/Town:||Indio, California|
|Elevation:||50 Feet Below Sea Level|
|Location:||Riverside County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||10 Miles to Mecca, California.|
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When To Go
Fall through Spring – Summer is very hot in the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, and camping is not ideal with temperatures over 110-degrees. Winter, fall, and spring offer more hospitable temperatures and offer access to the more remote parts in the area for off-roading and hiking.
What To Do
Swimming, Boating, & Kayaking – The area around Salt Creek Beach Campground offers access to the shrinking Salton Sea for water activities.
Off-Roading – There are hundreds of miles of off-road trails surrounding theSalt Creek Beach Campground and the Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea is the largest lake in the state of California. The lake as it currently is, was created by accident in 1905 after floods broke through a levy near Yuma, Arizona to fill the ancient extension of the Gulf of California. After the flood, the Salton Sea became a permanent fixture in the desert, attracting water foul and other animals. The lake is somewhat unique in that it has no outlets and only inlets from rivers. This contributes, along with nearby agricultural runoff to increasing salinity in the water, which is no 40% saltier than sea water and is killing off freshwater fish in the lake. Also, the Salton Sea is under threat from evaporation which is depleting the water from the lake faster than it can be replenished under current drought conditions.