Depoe Bay

Your visit to the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast” is sure to be a memorable one. There is a resident pod of grey whales which makes its home off Depoe Bay from March through December. Visitors from everywhere come to whale watch either from the new Whale Watch Center, the many shore observation spots or you can take a charter out for a closer look.

Depoe Bay has the smallest natural navigable harbor in the world consisting of six square acres. Because of the proximity to the ocean, fishermen or whale watchers can be from dockside to viewing or fishing in a matter of minutes.

A huge sea wall runs the length of the downtown area which enables visitors to shop or dine always within view of the ocean. This is the only town on the entire coast with this amenity. Waves run beneath lava beds and build pressure to spout water as high as 60 feet into the air. These are known as spouting horns and are visible during turbulent seas and stormy weather.

Featured activities

  • Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97301
    800-551-6949

    A miraculous and rugged, basalt-rimmed bay, Boiler Bay is a great place to watch wild surf action on the rocky spurs. This splendid panoramic viewpoint presents a good opportunity to see migrating and resident gray whales. Take your binoculars -- this is one of the best sites in Oregon to see oceangoing birds (like shearwaters, jaegers, albatrosses, grebes, pelicans, loons, oystercatchers and murrelets). In 1910, an explosion sank the J. Marhoffer, and you can see the ship's boiler at low-tide.

  • Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint

    Oregon 97341
    800-551-6949

    Rocky Creek is a spectacular ocean-front park on a forested bluff overlooking the ocean. Offshore rocks provide spectacular wave action in storms and are nesting areas for birds and sea lions. The viewpoint is an official Whale Spoken Here site for watching migrating and resident gray whales.

Featured accommodations

  • Oregon Beach Vacations in Depoe Bay

    Depoe Bay, Oregon
    1-800-723-2383

    Oregon Beach Vacations is the premiere vacation rental company on the Northern and Central Oregon Coast. Each rental property is unique in its location, decor and general feel. Oregon Beach Vacations offers over 250 homes and condominiums from North Bend to Gearhart with a wide variety of amenities including oceanfront locations, pet friendly homes, theatre rooms, hot tubs and gourmet kitchens. Discover the advantages of renting a cozy vacation home or luxury condominium from Oregon Beach Vacations. A professional team of reservation agents is ready 24/7 to help you plan your dream vacation at the Oregon Coast by providing helpful information about local activities, attractions and dining.

Featured Events

  • Summer Whale Watch Weekend

    Boiler Bay State Park
    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    (541) 517-8754
    Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014 - Sunday, Jul 27th, 2014

    Third Annual SUMMER WHALE WATCH WEEKEND
    Boiler Bay State Park, Depoe Bay
    July 26th and 27th, 2014 from 10 AM – 1 PM

    FREE
    ECO-FRIENDLY

    Shore based whale watching and wildlife viewing with education and information on Oregon’s whales, dolphins and porpoises.

    Members of the Oregon Chapter ACS will be present to help you watch for whales and other wildlife and provide information on whales, dolphins and porpoises and their habitats, conservation and the ACS.

    For more information contact the American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter Joy Primrose, ACS OR Chapter President (541) 517-8754 or marine_lover4ever@yahoo.com.

  • 59th Annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    541-270-3944
    Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014

    For the 59th consecutive year, Depoe Bay, Oregon will host the annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake on Saturday, September 20, from 10 am to 5 pm.

    The Salmon Bake is the Oregon coast’s signature salmon celebration.

    The salmon is cooked in a traditional technique used for generations by native coastal tribes.  Preparations begin months before the feast, as volunteers head to the woods to cut 350 six foot long stakes of alder wood.

    Before sunrise on the morning of the event, volunteers ignite a huge 80-foot fire line with six cords of fir and three cords of alder.   Thousands of pounds of salmon fillets are positioned on the 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.

    Each salmon is cooked about 20 minutes on each side before being sent off to be served in 8-ounce steaks together with coleslaw, garlic bread and a drink.  Visitors enjoy their meals sitting at tables in the sun or under a tent, listening to Native American music and watching performances 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.

    You can experience this delicious tradition 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.  Advance sale meal tickets are offered at a discount price of $20.  Meal tickets will be $24 at the gate on the day of the event.  After prices are announced, advance ticket sales will be available from several Depoe Bay locations including:  Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce, 223 SW Highway 101, Suite B; Pacific Brass & Copper Works, 20 Bay St.; What Not Shop, 411 South Highway 101, The Spouting Horn Restaurant, Highway 101 at the bridge; Fuddy Duddy Fudge, 112 North Highway 101; Depoe Bay Liquor Store, 531 N. Highway 101, and in Lincoln Beach the Big Mountain Coffee Company, 3940 N. Highway 101.

    For those unable to attend the event, meal deliveries are available from Salishan to Otter Rock for orders placed in advance.

    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 Nick Bruyer (541-270-3944 or njbruyer@msn.com) or the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce (541-765-2889 or toll free 877-485-8348, info@depoebaychamber.org).

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