Salton Sea: From Relaxing Resort to Skeleton-Filled Wasteland

Filmmaker Kyle Frager tells the story about a strange yet fascinating place in California’s Imperial Valley, The Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in the U.S. state of California’s Imperial and Coachella valleys.

California’s largest lake was an accident, created by the failure of dikes and canals made by engineers attempting to divert water from the Colorado River for agricultural purposes early in the 20th century. At one point the entire volume of the Colorado River was pouring into the Salton Sea.

Now the Sea is dying body of water surrounded by dying communities, with bizarre geological features and near-lawless ad-hoc towns that are some of the last remaining “off the grid” sanctuaries in the US.