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

  • Cape Foulweather

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    877-485-8348

    Cape Foulweather was discoverd and named in 1778 by the famous British navigator Captain James Cook. It was at this Point that Captain Cook first sighted the mainland of North America on the Pacific Coast, and one of the sudden storms which greeted his arrival almost put an end to his historical expedition. The fierceness of the storm is reflected by the name he gave this rugged landmark - Cape Foulweather.

  • 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.

Featured accommodations

  • Salishan Spa & Golf Resort

    7760 Hwy 101 N
    Gleneden Beach, Oregon 97388
    541.764.2371

    Just as the magnificent Oregon coastal forest surrounds and embraces Salishan Resort, our beautifully remodeled guest rooms will wrap you in luxury. From the views of towering Douglas firs and tranquil Siletz Bay to the Oregon timber used in the woodwork, every aspect of your stay will be infused with authentic elements of the coast. 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. Wood. Stone. Water. At Salishan Spa the restorative elements of the Oregon coast environment surround you. Our full line of salon and spa treatments will renew your body and spirit. Come relax with us, and embrace all that Salishan has to offer.

  • 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

  • Spring Whale Watch Week

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    (541) 765-3304
    Saturday, Mar 19th, 2016 - Saturday, Mar 26th, 2016

    Catch a glimpse of Gray whales blowing, breaching and fluking as they pass by on their 12,000-mile (19,300-km) annual migration from the Arctic Ocean to the warm, calm bays of Mexico in the winter to birth their young. In the spring, observe their return journey north, where they spend the summer feeding in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

    The Oregon Whale Watching Spoken Here program puts volunteers at 26 different view points along the Oregon Coast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily during the winter and spring watch weeks. These friendly whale-watchers will help you spot Gray whales and other wildlife while you learn a bit about them

  • Crab Feed & Classic Wooden Boat Show

    220 SE Bay Street
    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    541-270-3944
    Saturday, Apr 16th, 2016 - Sunday, Apr 17th, 2016

    Delicious dinners of locally caught Dungeness crab with all the trimmings will be cooked before your eyes at the upcoming Depoe Bay Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016.  Indoor and outdoor dining will be available, with a selection of thirst-quenching brews in the beer garden.

    Depoe Bay also will host the 21th Annual Wooden Boat Show at "the world's smallest harbor" featuring dozens of exhibits of both vintage and modern vessels from all over the Northwest. Admission is free. A free model boat building demonstration will provide both the young and young-at-heart with the opportunity to build a boat to take home.

    For advance information please contact Nick Bruyer (Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce) at 541-270-3944 to plan your group trip.  Email address: r8vegas@gmail.com.

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