The World's Smallest Harbor

Depoe Bay takes “on the water” to a new level: a huge sea wall runs the length of the downtown area and gives the (correct) impression that the ocean is always only a few steps away.

Known as the “whale watching capital of the Oregon Coast”, Depoe Bay seems to draw whales to its horizon like clockwork every March through December. The town anticipates those migrations, with a Whale Watch Center, shore observation decks, and charter boats for an up-close view. Depoe Bay’s harbor is noteworthy for being the smallest natural navigable harbor in the world. During storms and turbulent seas, the area’s distinctive geological features result in a phenomena called a “spouting horn” where, much like a whale, the sea itself spouts a massive spray of water into the air above Main Street.

Featured Activities

Central Coast

Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint

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 and harbor seals. The viewpoint is an official Whale...

Depoe Bay, OR

541-265-4560

Central Coast

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area

Where the creek and ocean meet, you'll find ingredients that make the spirit soar. Discover this park's perfect wind-sheltered picnic areas. In case of rain, head for the covered picnic shelter. Walk the wooden footbridges arching through the Sitka spruce,...

Depoe Bay, OR

541-265-4560

Central Coast

RMS Fisheries LLC

PO Box 892
Depoe Bay, OR

(541) 992-3395
Email us (fishgod84[at]gmail[dot]com)

Central Coast

Whale’s Tail Charters

Whale’s Tail Charters is dedicated to ensuring that your time spent whale watching is the highlight of your Oregon vacation. Their boats provide passengers with the adventure of a lifetime through excellent customer service, seamanship, first class vessels, and highest...

3360 N Highway 101 Unit 8
Depoe Bay, OR

(541) 921-1323
Email us (whalestail115[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Central Coast

Whale Watching Center

Winter Hours: Open Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM Closed Monday and Tuesday For the latest updates, please email us at Whale.watching@oregon.gov or call at 541-765-3304. Park staff are ready at the Whale Watching Center to answer your...

Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-3304

Central Coast

Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint

Soak in the view from 500' above the ocean on the breathtaking crescent sweep of white sandy beach stretching to the south. Cape Foulweather is stunning and inspirational with its picturesque panoramic views. This popular whale watching spot also provides...

Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-2270

Central Coast

Beluga Beads

Beluga Beads is the largest bead store on the Oregon Coast with a fabulous selection of natural stone, glass, & seed beads, as well as Swarovski crystals, findings & artisan jewelry. We also have a designated bike rest area provided...

3150 Fogarty Ave
Depoe Bay, OR

541-764-5040

Central Coast

Siletz Moorage LLC

Kayak, Crabbing Cataraman, and Crab Traps Rentals….Outside Boat & RV Storage

1113 N Highway 101
Depoe Bay, OR

(541) 996-3671
Email us (nextday[at]vol[dot]com)

Central Coast

Whale Watching Center

Every winter gray whales cruise along the Oregon coast en route from Alaska to Mexico, spouting geyser-like blasts of spray as they go. Thanks to towering coastal bluffs and a string of beaches set aside as state parks, Oregon offers...

119 SW Hwy 101
Depoe Bay, OR

1-541-765-3304
Email us (morris[dot]grover[at]state[dot]or[dot]us)

Central Coast

Chris Young Guide Service

Chris Young Guide Service is an “Equal Opportunity Recreation Service Provider under permit with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest”

PO Box 247
Depoe Bay, OR

(541) 247-8115
Email us (Chris_Young[at]charter[dot]net)

Central Coast

Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area

Surfers and surf watchers energize this area! During winter storms, water from the restless ocean slams with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes...

Depoe Bay, OR

541-265-4560

Central Coast

Woody’s Northwest Fishing & Fun

16 Johnson St
Depoe Bay, OR

(503) 812-4031
Email us (woodysnorthwestfishingfun[at]gmail[dot]com)

More Info

Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce

Physical: 70 NE Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR
Mail: PO Box 21
Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-2889
Email us (visitorcenter[at]depoebaychamber[dot]org)

Travel Guides

Outstanding Places to Stay on the Coast

When leisure travel is allowed again, Oregon’s coastal communities are ready to welcome you back to their spectacular oceanfront resorts, charming beachside cottages and family-friendly spaces for all budgets. Visitors can have peace of mind, too, knowing that all have...
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Travel Guides

Taste Your Way Down the Coast Chowder Trail

What is it about the magical combination of clams, milk and potatoes? If you’ve ever lingered over a hot, steaming bowl of clam chowder while visiting the Oregon Coast, you know it’s a bit of hearty heaven. With many spots...
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Travel Guides

Destination: Depoe Bay

There’s something exhilarating about looking out into the ocean and seeing a spout from a gray whale’s blow hole for the first time — or the hundredth. Whale watching is a rite of passage on the Oregon Coast, and Oregon...
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Travel Guides

Spend a Night at These Lesser-Known Coastal Lodgings

The oceans and mountains, rivers and lakes along the Oregon Coast range are magical places to wake up every morning on vacation. But have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a working lighthouse, on a houseboat, at the base of...
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Travel Guides

Must-Do Summer Events

You’ve got surf, sun and 363 miles of public coastline — what more could you need for a quick summer trip to the Oregon Coast? How about a festival? Whether it’s kite-flying or chainsaw carving, dory boating or beer tasting,...
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Travel Guides

Must-do Spring Events on the Central Coast

You may start your day whale watching, sip wine at a festival and take a trip to the aquarium all in one day. You also may tour a lighthouse, say hello to the sea lions and cap your day with...
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Featured Dining

Central Coast

The Horn Public House and Brewery

Formerly known as The Spouting Horn, The Horn Public House and Brewery reopened in 2016 with a renovated venue and new beers. Whether you visit to dine, drink, play games or simply enjoy the view of Depoe Bay Harbor, The...

110 SE Coast Hwy
Depoe Bay, OR

(541) 764-6886

Central Coast

Depoe Bay Winery

We are one of the 10 oldest wineries in Oregon with three generations of Oregonians producing Oregon Wine on the Coast since 1974. We produce traditional white and red wines, as well as unique sweet fruit wines. Open every day.

22 US-101
Depoe Bay, OR

(541) 765-3311

Central Coast

Tidal Raves

Tidal Raves offers an excellent selection of Northwest wines and classic cocktails with a menu that takes center stage. Owner Jon Hamlin is a graduate of New York’s Culinary Institute of America and brings over 35 years of experience in...

279 NW Hwy 101
Depoe Bay, OR

(541)765-2995

Central Coast

Channel House Inn

Nestled in the Oregon Coast’s magnificent scenery, Channel House combines the comforts of a first-class hotel with the congeniality of a small country Inn. Imagine fresh ocean breezes, sweeping panoramic views, powerful surf, truly unbelievable sunsets and whales within a...

35 Ellingson St.
Depoe Bay, OR

541.765.2140

Central Coast

Depoe Bay Inn

Nestled on the harbor, in Depoe Bay Oregon, Depoe Bay Inn is an adults only, quaint and quiet setting for your next romantic getaway. Come enjoy views of this historic bay from every room…while cradled in luxurious bedding in your...

235 S.E. Bayview
Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-2322
Email us (depoebayinn[at]gmail[dot]com)

Central Coast

Lord Brixxtons Restaurant

Lord Brixxtons is a full service restaurant with an espresso walk up window, gift shop, patio dining, a cozy lounge, local fresh food choices, fresh baked goods and more.

3245 N Hwy 101
Depoe Bay, OR

(541)764-4222
Email us (lordbrixxtons[at]gmail[dot]com)

Central Coast

Gracie’s Sea Hag

Gracie’s Sea Hag is a must-visit for anyone visiting the coast. With famous clam chowder, Friday night seafood buffet and lavish salads (not to mention Gracie herself), it’s a dinner to remember.

58 N. Highway 101
Depoe Bay, OR

5417652734

Central Coast

An Ocean Paradise Whales Rendezvous B&B

Experience romance by the sea. Come and share An Ocean Paradise Whales Rendezvous B&B’s spectacular million dollar view of waves and whales with your special someone, as the property sits just 50 feet from the Ocean’s Edge. Your ocean scene...

147 N. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-3455
Email us (info[at]whalesrendezvous[dot]com)

Central Coast

Inn at Arch Rock

The Inn at Arch Rock is situated on the North side of Depoe Bay and looks south across the bay to the interaction of the mighty Pacific and the rocky shoreline of black basalt. From the comfort of your room...

70 N.W. Sunset St.
Depoe Bay, OR

541.765.2560
Email us (innatarchrock[at]cablespeed[dot]com)

Central Coast

Chowder Bowl

Chowder Bowl is located in the the heart of Depoe Bay, Oregon’s whale watching capitol. Come enjoy their famous clam chowder, seafood and sandwiches.

40 S. Highway 101
Depoe Bay, OR

5417652300

Central Coast

Restaurant Beck

At Restaurant Beck we use the finest foraged and local farm ingredients. We combine traditional and progressive cooking techniques to provide you with a playful yet artful dining experience. Welcome to our home.

2345 S. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-3220

Featured Lodging

Central Coast

Vacasa Vacation Rentals – Depoe Bay

When you book with Vacasa, you’re getting more than a vacation rental. You’re getting professional service you can count on. We’re here for you throughout your entire vacation—from providing 3D tours of every Vacasa property to local staff caring for...

Depoe Bay, OR

503-305-4521
Email us (info[at]vacasa[dot]com)

Central Coast

Sea and Sand RV Park

Sea & Sand RV Park is conveniently located on Highway 101 just three miles north of Depoe Bay on the central Oregon coastline and eight miles south of Lincoln City. There are spectacular beach and ocean views from the terraced...

4985 N. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

541-764-2313
Email us (seaandsand[at]aol[dot]com)

Central Coast

Trollers Lodge Motel & Vacation Homes

355 S.W. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-2287
Email us (frontdesk[at]trollerslodge[dot]com)

Central Coast

Whale Pointe Resort

The riches of the Oregon Coast and the always changing ocean are within arms reach as you enjoy the ultimate pleasures of your luxurious vacation rental. In this sanctuary of elegance and privacy, facing the unparalleled drama of the ocean,...

939 N.W. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

503-697-7224
Email us (info[at]frsvacationrentals[dot]com)

Central Coast

Travelodge Depoe Bay

Revel in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and its incredible offerings when you stay at the Travelodge Depoe Bay hotel. Renowned as the whale-watching capital of the Oregon coast, Depoe Bay is the quintessential spot to enjoy the many...

50 N.E. Bechill St.
Depoe Bay, OR

541.765.7773

Central Coast

Bella Beach Property Management

24 Bella Beach Drive
Depoe Bay, OR

866-994-7026
Email us (bellabeach[at]oregoncottagerentals[dot]com)

Central Coast

Whale Cove Inn

Perched high above the serene expanse of Whale Cove, a pristine marine refuge, the Whale Cove Inn cocoons its guests in luxury – from king-sized Tempur-Pedic beds to outdoor Jacuzzis on private decks. A spectacular venue for storm watching and...

2345 S. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

541.765.4300

Central Coast

Clarion Inn Surfrider Resort

Acquaint yourself with a breath taking oceanfront setting at the Surfrider Resort. As a guest, you’ll experience panoramic Pacific Ocean views, impeccable service, and spacious accommodations. Surfrider Resort is located in scenic Depoe Bay. This picturesque Lincoln County town boasts...

3115 N.W. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

541.764.2311
Email us (gm[dot]or228[at]choicehotels[dot]com)

Central Coast

Inn at Arch Rock

The Inn at Arch Rock is situated on the North side of Depoe Bay and looks south across the bay to the interaction of the mighty Pacific and the rocky shoreline of black basalt. From the comfort of your room...

70 N.W. Sunset St.
Depoe Bay, OR

541.765.2560
Email us (innatarchrock[at]cablespeed[dot]com)

Central Coast

Depoe Bay Inn

Nestled on the harbor, in Depoe Bay Oregon, Depoe Bay Inn is an adults only, quaint and quiet setting for your next romantic getaway. Come enjoy views of this historic bay from every room…while cradled in luxurious bedding in your...

235 S.E. Bayview
Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-2322
Email us (depoebayinn[at]gmail[dot]com)

Central Coast

An Ocean Paradise Whales Rendezvous B&B

Experience romance by the sea. Come and share An Ocean Paradise Whales Rendezvous B&B’s spectacular million dollar view of waves and whales with your special someone, as the property sits just 50 feet from the Ocean’s Edge. Your ocean scene...

147 N. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-3455
Email us (info[at]whalesrendezvous[dot]com)

Central Coast

Four Winds Motel

Located in Depoe Bay, Oregon, this motel offers easy access to whale watching and deep sea fishing. Dockside Charters is 15 minutes’ walk away. All guest rooms include free Wi-Fi. Featuring sea inspired décor, each bright room at Four Winds...

356 Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay, OR

541-765-2793
Email us (fourwinds_motel[at]yahoo[dot]com)

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