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S.S. Relief

Kayak out to a floating restroom. 


The S.S. Relief is a floating restroom that was installed in 1991 for $50,000 by the Casitas Municipal Water district to provide relief to sailors on the lake. Sailors got tired of having to dock every time in order to relieve themselves. This unconventional toilet was installed so that they could drop anchor and use the facilities at their convenience. Currently, it’s one of more than 260 such lavatories set up in California since the 1970s, more than 100 of which are still active.

Due to regulatory standards, it is forbidden to swim in the water reservoir that is home to the S.S. Relief. It is, however, a popular location for boating, fishing, and kayaking. There are two airline-style johns aboard with a contained flushing system always on-watch and prepared for a sailor walking like a cowboy.

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The bathroom can only be accessed by boat or kayak.

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