Soda Lake doesn't have much water in it right now, but when it does it teams with tiny saltwater shrimp that birds eat. Soda Lake is in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a big, dry, almost underpopulated area.
If driving from SLO, use Highway 58, as it is shorter, as opposed to coming into the monument from the east via...
With a name like Soda Lake you know what is in store- salt. Anybody who reviewed this place in the negative was obviously expecting Disneyland. Its not, and thats what makes it awesome for tranauility seekers. It's nature - pure and raw and beautiful.