Lonely Planet Writer

California’s largest lake continues to shrink

Salton Sea, California.
Salton Sea, California. Image by Omar Barcena / CC BY 2.0

It was created accidentally when a dyke broke in 1905, and now the Salton Sea, California’s biggest lake, is being affected again by human interference. This time the threat is that it will disappear completely as its precious water is diverted to help drought-stricken cities like San Diego. Once a popular place for fishing, recently the water levels have dropped, leaving behind dead fish and a worried local community. Read more: sacbee.com