8 miles south of Lincoln City, this coastal community is famous for whale watching. Perched high above the Pacific Ocean, it’s the perfect vantage point to spy on migrating whales or one of the year-round residents. Visit the world’s smallest harbor, and explore the shops as you feel the mist in the air from the crashing surf below.

AttractionsWatch whales in Depoe Bay, the Whale Watching Capital of the coast, just south of Lincoln City, OR

Whale Watching Center

State Park staff are ready at the Whale Watching Center to answer your questions and help you spot gray whales. Located along the seawall, the center is the spot to watch whales as they blow, dive, spyhop and breach. Learn about the Whale Watching Center

Whale, Sea Life & Shark Museum

The only museum in the world that focuses on individual gray whales, tour the exhibits, which highlight whales along with other indigenous wildlife. Learn about the Whale, Sea Life & Shark Museum

Whale Watching

Enjoy a whale watching excursion in Depoe Bay, just south of Lincoln City, ORThe Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast has both migrating whales, seen prominently twice a year, but also a pod of resident gray whales, which call Depoe Bay home year-round. View whales with expert help at the Whale Watching Center or from atop the seawall on your own.

Get an up close experience by taking a local carter out to sea for a viewing tour of these majestic mammals.

  • Dockside Charters
    270 Coast Guard Dr, Depoe Bay • 541-765-2545 • Website

Recommended Restaurants

Tidal Raves – 279 NW Hwy 101, Depoe Bay • 541-765-2995 • Website
Restaurant Beck – 2345 S Hwy 101, Depoe Bay • 541-765-3220 • Website

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