During the one-year of planning for my walk around Salton Sea, and during the walk itself, I came across every abandoned boat left within a few hundred yards of the shoreline. Although I don’t remember when, at some point during my planning and mapping missions I decided to get pictures of every boat I came across. I’ve posted many of these pictures of the old boats here in my blog and on my Facebook Page but I’m only now, 3 years after completing the walk around Salton Sea, putting them all together on one page.
The boats are listed in the same order I did my walk. Starting at the North Shore Yacht Club, going south to the southern tip of Salton Sea, then back north to the Whitewater River, then south again back to the Yacht Club. There are a few boats that I missed getting photos of, mostly if they were too far from the shore, but that list is short.
East Shore – Corvina Estates
The first abandoned boats I came across were at the Corvina Estates Mobile Home park. The mobile home park has since been bulldozed, and I’m not sure if any of these boats are still there.
Of course, my favorite old abandoned boat at Salton Sea is the “Godzilla” speed boat which was just a few hundred yards north of Corvina Estates. When I did my first mapping mission in this area in 2014 Godzilla was partially under water.
But sadly, due to the rapidly receding water at Salton Sea, by the time I did my walk in June of 2015, Godzilla was at least 50 yards from the nearest water.
You can read some history of “Godzilla”, written by it’s original owner, complete with photos of the speed boat in it’s heyday, here: Godzilla – The Fastest Boat At Salton Sea
East Shore – Near Bombay Beach
Somewhere, several miles north of Bombay Beach are two other favorite boats: “Hope for the Best” and “Prepare for the Worst” – names that sum up the plan for my walk around Salton Sea!
East Shore – Wister Wildlife Area
Only 5 or 6 miles south of Niland Marina, in the Wister Wildlife area, is this old boat, probably left by duck hunters.
South-East Shore – New River Delta Area
Another of my favorite abandoned boats at Salton Sea, and the largest by at least a factor of 10, is the “mystery barge” of Salton Sea. 40 or 50 feet long, and under water up until just 2013 or so.
You can read more about this old barge and some of the theories about it’s history, here: The Abandoned Barge of Salton Sea
South-West Shore Areas
This old speed-boat is at least 500 yards from the nearest water, roughly 5 miles north of Poe Road.
The Navy Base
The only boat remaining at the abandoned Navy Base is this PT Boat literally ‘petrified’ in sandstone with only it’s bow showing.
There are several boats in the Marinas of Salton City, Salton Sea Beach and Desert Shores, but because most of these probably still have owners, I didn’t think it was a good idea to go do a “Captain Morgan” pose on them so I have no photos of them.
North West Shore Area
On the west shore in the Torres-Martinez Reservation area you will find these:
In the north-shore area between The Whitewater River and the North Shore Yacht Club are these two small boats. The red and blue one still floats – we sailed it a few hundred yards down the canal it was stuck in and dragged it out for me to take the photo!
This old paddle boat is just a few miles north of the North Shore Yacht club, outside of an old abandoned resort.
Over time more and more of these boats will likely be removed, but as the shoreline continues to shrink I am sure even more old sunken boats will appear to take their place.