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

  • Beachcombers NW - Depoe Bay

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    503-622-1282

    Choose from over 400 Oregon Coast vacation rentals, featuring oceanfront, pet friendly, romantic getaways, and large group accommodations. Use our unique regional search categories or search the entire coast to discover your perfect vacation getaway. Whether you’re looking for an oceanfront house, a luxury condo, or a cozy cottage, we can help. Click on the email, calendar, or book direct links for current availability and rate quotes. Book direct & save!

  • 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

  • Annual Depoe Bay Crab Feed, Wooden Boat Show & Ducky Derby

    Depoe Bay Harbor & Community Center
    220 S.E. Bay St.
    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    877-485-8348   |   541-765-2889
    April 21 - 22, 2018

    Depoe Bay will be cooking up locally caught Dungeness crab and showing off colorful classic wooden boast at the world’s smallest harbor. Indoor and outdoor dining will be available, with a selection of thirst-quenching brews in the beer garden.

    On Sunday "the world’s smallest harbor" will see hundreds of colorful bathtub ducks released to race in the annual Ducky Derby. Buy a ticket for a chance to win great prizes provided by Depoe Bay merchants, including clothing, dining passes and an authentic antique silver shipwreck treasure coin.

    On both Saturday and Sunday a free model boat building demonstration provides both the young and young-at-heart with the opportunity to build a boat to take home. It’s a fun experience the whole family will enjoy.

    Admission to all activities is free.  Pricing for Dungeness crab meals will be announced prior to the event.

    Saturday, 11am – 5pm; Sunday, 11am – 3pm

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Featured Deals

  • Overleaf Lodge & Spa – 10% off Spa Treatments

    Currently we are offering 10% off all Overleaf Spa treatments, Mon-Fri, for anyone who brings in an unwrapped gift for the Lincoln County Toy Drive. (until December 9th).

  • Bed, Breakfast, and Brew

    Our most popular package is affectionately called our "BB&B Package." We are often asked: “What’s more important – the beer or food?” Well, the Pelican Pub & Brewery says both – and they are a world leader in the pairing of food and beer. This package includes: A relaxing stay in an ocean view Kiwanda Guest RoomA taster tray of micro brews from the award…

  • Stay and Play Golf Package – River House Inn

    Package includes an overnight stay and 18 Holes of golf for two at Sandpines Golf Links. The River House Inn has a perfect location on the beautiful Siuslaw River in Old Town Florence. Just a 5 minute drive takes you to Sandpines Golf Links, named the "#1 Public Golf Course in America" by Golf Digest Magazine when the course opened in 1993.

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