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

  • Golf at Salishan

    7760 North Highway 101 Gleneden Beach
    Lincoln City, Oregon 97367
    541-764-3632

    The top caliber Salishan golf course is eighteen holes of magnificence. Start on the front nine, surrounded by old-growth trees, and play through to the links-style back nine with spectacular pond and bay views.

  • 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.

  • Vacasa - Depoe Bay

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    503-208-9861

    From whale watching off your private deck to curling up by the fireplace, there's no better place to stay in Depoe Bay than a Vacasa vacation rental. We offer a wide range for every taste, from oceanfront condos to warm and spacious family homes in the heart of town. Indeed, every Vacasa home in Depoe Bay is unique, but many offer private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and pet-friendly policies. Find your ideal retreat today—visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.

Featured Events

  • Indian-Style Salmon Bake

    Bay St.
    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    877-485-8348
    Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016

    On Saturday, September 17, 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 a huge 80-foot fire line will be ignited with six cords of fir and three cords of alder.   Salmon fillets are placed on alder wood stakes,  held in place with cedar strips, then positioned over the smoldering fire line.  The traditional outdoor grilling imparts rich flavors to the salmon as they bake to perfection.

    Visitors will enjoy their salmon meals at tables in the sun or under a huge tent, while 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” takes place at the Depoe Bay City Park, located on the edge of the woods and a scenic creek just south 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.  The number of salmon meals available is limited, so if you plan to attend an advance ticket purchase is recommended.

    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 info@depoebaychamber.org).

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