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Whale Watching Center

119 SW Hwy 101, Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341 USA

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“Front row seats for whale watching”

Gray whale & houses, Depoe Bay, September 2015 The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center, also known as the Depoe Bay Ocean Wayside, is an Oregon State Parks staffed visitor center in Depoe Bay, Oregon, U.S. to help visitors observe whale migration and provide information about whales and other marine mammals including history, economics, and their environmental and ecological influences. The wayside provides a sheltered platform from which to view the ocean. First established as a wayside parking area on the Oregon Coast Highway in 1930, the wayside building was built in 1956 as a restroom facility for the popular spot. It is located just to the north of the Depoe Bay Bridge, also on the National Register.

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Travel Oregon

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June 17, 2015

Every winter gray whales cruise along the Oregon coast en route from Alaska to Mexico, spouting geyser-like blasts of spray as they go. Thanks to towering coastal bluffs and a string of beaches set aside as state parks, Oregon offers visitors front-row seats for whale watching.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department park rangers are ready at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay to answer your questions and help you find whales to watch. Located on U.S. 101 along the seawall in scenic Depoe Bay, the center is a perfect spot for visitors to locate and watch whales as they blow, dive, spyhop and breach.

Whale watching takes place almost year-round on the Oregon Coast. We watch whales in the winter from mid-December through January. Spring watching begins in March with a peak in numbers the last week and finishes in June with mothers and babies being the last whales traveling north. Summer brings whales that feed along our coast from July to mid-November.

Download the Whale Watching Center brochure (1MB pdf); for a list of places to watch whales, go here

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stormgerlock

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June 27, 2018
Rated 5.0

Located directly on the water front, this cute little center is designed to educate and excite people about the wildlife of the area.

There are multiple volunteers who are eager to show off the amazing gray whale population feeding just off shore. There is a little shop, but feel free to stop by, watch for whales and move on down the beach.

Definitely worth a stop, especially if you are interested in whales or how to spot them.

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desireetiara

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June 26, 2018
Rated 5.0

Cute center with I formation on sea life inside. Big windows for whale watching.

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Whale Watching Center

119 SW Hwy 101
Depoe Bay, Oregon
97341 USA

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