Oregon Coast Whale Watching
Oregon Coast Whale Watching is a favorite pastime on the Oregon Coast. Gray whales are the most commonly seen in Oregon waters, although humpbacks, blue whales and others have also been spotted. The Gray whale was hunted to almost extinction, but has made a healthy comeback. They were taken off of the endangered species list in 1994 and because of protection are plentiful.
The Oregon Coastline is part of the Gray Whale’s migration path, which makes for prime whale watching. They travel round trip from Northern Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico and back. In late fall/early winter they begin their route southward to give birth to their calves in the warm shallow waters of Mexico. In late winter/early spring they head northward back to the Bering Sea.
There are many popular whale watching areas on the Oregon Coast. The most popular being Depoe Bay. Whales can often be seen feeding close to shore, which makes them easy to spot from land. You can also book a whale watching cruise if you would like a closer look.
Whale Watching weeks on the Oregon Coast coordinate with school’s Christmas and Spring Break. You can find many volunteer whale experts from 10-1 dotted along the most popular sites during these weeks. These “whale watching spoken here” sights include the following areas:
- Ecola State Park
- Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker Turnout on Highway 101
- Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Lookout State Park – 2.5 mile hike to site at tip of Cape
- Cape Kiwanda
- Inn at Spanish Head Lobby on 10th floor
- Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
- The Whale Watching Center/Depoe Bay Sea Wall
- Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Foulweather
- Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area
- Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
- Don Davis City Park
- Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
- Cook’s Chasm Turnout
- Sea Lion Caves Turnout – large Highway 101 turnout south of tunnel
- Umpqua Lighthouse, near Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
- Shore Acres State Park
- Face Rock Wayside State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Blanco Lighthouse, near Cape Blanco State Park
- Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, Port Orford
- Cape Sebastian
- Cape Ferrelo
- Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, Oregon
Whether they are spouting, breaching, or spy hopping, spotting these majestic creatures is a thrilling experience that you can enjoy almost year round on the Oregon Coast!