Depoe Bay to Serve Up Indian-Style Salmon Bake Sept. 19

Posted by The Oregon Coast / April 17, 2015

Native Indian dancing at the Indian-Style Salmon Bake

On Saturday, September 19, thousands of pounds of salmon fillets will be cooked in a traditional technique used for generations by native coastal tribes at Depoe Bay’s annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake.

Before sunrise on Saturday morning, volunteers will ignite a huge 80-foot fire line with six cords of fir and three cords of alder.   Salmon fillets are positioned on alder wood stakes and held in place with cedar strips. The alder stakes are then positioned diagonally over the smoldering fire line, imparting rich flavors to the salmon as they bake to perfection.

Visitors enjoy their salmon meals while seated at tables in the sun or under a huge tent, listening to live performances of Native American music complemented by native tribal dancers. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Salmon Bake for “Discover Depoe Bay” packages, which include lodging, dining, fishing and whale watching trips.

Oregon’s delicious “signature salmon event” will take place at the Depoe Bay City Park, located at the south end of the town’s picturesque harbor. Free shuttles will take visitors to and from the park, as well as from the park to downtown shops along the ocean front. Many Depoe Bay merchants offer special discounts for the Salmon Bake event.

Admission to the Indian Style Salmon Bake is free. Meal tickets will be on sale in advance as well as on the day of the event.

Depoe Bay enjoys nearly year-round whale watching as “Oregon’s Whale Watching Capitol”.   The long seawall along the town center offers exciting views of gray whales feeding just off the rocks during this time of year. Charter boats will take visitors to see these majestic giants up close along the scenic coastline.

The Salmon Bake is a non-profit event sponsored by the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and residents. Proceeds help fund Chamber activities as well as town events and improvement projects.

For more information about the Indian Style Salmon Bake please contact the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce 541-765-2889 (toll free 877-485-8348), or

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