Follow The Migration Of Gray Whales As They Travel Up And Down The Beautiful And Stunning Oregon Coast
Trained volunteers at 24 Whale Watching Spoken Here sites help visitors spot gray whales during the winter and spring annual migrations. The volunteers are on duty 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help visitors see the marine animals and offer information about their migration.
During the winter migration, December to February, about 20,000 whales swim from the Alaskan cold to the warm waters of Baja Mexico, either to breed or give birth to their calves. For spring viewing, the best months are April through June, when the whales, some with their newborns in tow, are making their way back to Alaska. During this time, they cruise closer to the shore, just beyond on the surf-line, and if you happen to be in the right spot you can see as many as 30 to 40 whales per hour.
In addition to the winter and spring migrations, there are a small number of gray whales that do not go as far north as Alaska to feed in the summer. They feed along coasts of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. During these times you will not see as great a number of these beautiful creatures, however, they will be much closer to shore, giving viewers a truly awesome treat. We generally have whales on the central coast from July through mid November. Since these whales are seen very close to shore while feeding, they can often be seen from many of the same locations as the regular migration viewing.
The Whale Watching Center is the central location for viewing and is staffed daily throughout the summer.
- Cape Sebastian - Just south of Gold Beach
- Battle Rock Wayfinding Point - Port Orford
- Face Rock State Park - Bandon, on Beach Loop Drive
- Shore Acres State Park - Charleston, on the Cape Arago Hwy
- Umpqua River Whale Watching Station - On Umpqua Lighthouse Loop
- Sea Lions Cave Turnout - Large turnout north of Florence
- Cape Perpetua Stone Shelter - Just south of Yachats (highest drivable point on Oregon coast)
- Cape Foulweather - Just south of Depoe Bay
- The Whale Watching Center - Depoe Bay
- Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint - One mile north of Depoe Bay
- Cape Meares State Park - Beautiful bluffs with awesome view of ocean
- Neahkahnie Mountain - Just south of Cannon Beach
119 S Hwy 101 Depoe Bay, OR 97341