Make Plans for Spring Whale Watch Week, March 26th – 30th!
“The 24 designated ‘Whale Watching Spoken Here’ sites were selected because they are the best viewpoints to spot some of the roughly 18,000 whales that cruise past Oregon on their annual southbound migration,” said Dave Newton, Whale Watching volunteer coordinator. Trained volunteers will be available along the coast 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales’ migration and feeding habits, and offer tips on how to spot the whales.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily during the watch week. The whale watching center has general exhibits on whales, staff to answer questions and ‘whale size’ windows with panoramic ocean views.
OPRD coordinates both the winter and spring whale watch weeks in partnership with the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks, which operates the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
Where to Spot Whales
From north to south, these are the 26 Whale Watching Spoken Here sites. With or without a volunteer to assist, these are the best locations along the coast to spot whales.
- Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Ilwaco, Washington
- Ecola State Park
- Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker Turnout on Highway 101
- Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Lookout State Park – 2.5 mile hike to site at tip of Cape
- Cape Kiwanda
- Inn at Spanish Head Lobby on 10th floor
- Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
- The Whale Watching Center/Depoe Bay Sea Wall
- Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Foulweather
- Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area
- Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
- Don Davis City Park
- Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
- Cook’s Chasm Turnout
- Sea Lion Caves Turnout – large Highway 101 turnout south of tunnel
- Umpqua Lighthouse, near Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
- Shore Acres State Park
- Face Rock Wayside State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Blanco Lighthouse, near Cape Blanco State Park
- Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, Port Orford
- Cape Sebastian
- Cape Ferrelo
- Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, Oregon
- 9th Street Beach, Crescent City, California
More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program and a map of the official viewpoints are available online at