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Near Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Soda Lake

 
 
Soda Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2018
1. Soda Lake Marker
Caption: (lower left) If you're here in the summer, the lake is probably dry.
Inscription. The large basin before you is all that remains of a prehistoric sea. One of the largest undisturbed alkali wetlands in the state, the 3,000 acre lake provides important habitat for migratory birds. With no outlet, the water evaporates, leaving behind a glistening expanse of sodium sulfate and carbonate salts that appear to ripple and sway in the heat waves of summer.
In the 1880s, the saline deposits of Soda lake were mined for use at nearby cattle ranches as salt licks or for preserving meat. Prior to 1908, the Carrisa Chemical Company constructed a 600 ton per month capacity processing plant to recover sodium sulfate, used primarily in the production of craft paper, detergents, and glass. They also built a narrow-gauge railroad which started at the lake and ended at the base of the Temblor Mountains. Mineral production ceased in the 1950s and the railroad was removed.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 35° 14.41′ N, 119° 54.18′ W. Marker is near Santa Margarita, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from Soda Lake Road near Seven Mile Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17495 Soda Lake Road, Santa Margarita CA 93453, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Soda Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2018
2. Soda Lake Marker
At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wallace Creek (approx. 4.8 miles away); Painted Rock (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the boardwalk next to Soda Lake.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
Soda Lake image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2018
3. Soda Lake
Soda Lake image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2018
4. Soda Lake
Carrizo Plain National Monument can be beautiful if they get enough rain! image. Click for full size.
By LA Times, 2017
5. Carrizo Plain National Monument can be beautiful if they get enough rain!
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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