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DEPOE BAY, OREGON

DEPOE BAY NEWS

THE OTTER

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DEPOE BAY, OREGON

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Depoe Bay takes the concept of being "on the water" to a whole new level. A massive sea wall runs along the length of the downtown area, creating the impression that the majestic ocean is just a few steps away at all times.

Known as the "whale watching capital of the Oregon Coast," Depoe Bay seems to have a magnetic pull on whales, which can be spotted like clockwork from March to December. To cater to this unique natural spectacle, the town offers a Whale Watch Center, shore observation decks, and charter boats, providing visitors with an up-close and personal view of these magnificent creatures. Notably, Depoe Bay boasts the smallest natural navigable harbor in the world, adding to its allure. 

During storms and rough seas, the area's distinct geological features give rise to a captivating phenomenon called a "spouting horn." Similar to the majestic spout of a whale, the sea surges through a small opening in the rocky shore, creating a massive spray of water that reaches high above Main Street.

To fully appreciate the marine wonders, a visit to the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center is a must. Perched on a seawall, the center offers expansive ocean views and a spacious viewing deck, allowing visitors to observe whales and other marine life. Equipped with binoculars, the center provides an ideal vantage point for spotting these incredible creatures and learning more about their behavior and environment.

Depoe Bay's whale migration is a sight to behold. Approximately 20,000 gray whales pass through the area from mid-December to mid-January as they journey south to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico. In late March, the northbound journey begins as the gray whales, accompanied by their calves, make their way toward Alaska. The northbound migration continues until June. However, even outside these peak seasons, whales can still be seen throughout the year, with a consistent presence of 5 to 15 whales daily during summer and fall2.

While Depoe Bay offers unparalleled whale watching opportunities, it is also important to exercise caution and respect the power of the ocean. The awe-inspiring spouting horns, found not only in Depoe Bay but also at various locations along the rugged Oregon coast, are created by small sea caves with openings at the top. When powerful waves crash into these caves, the water is forced through the openings, resulting in towering sprays and dramatic displays. However, it's crucial to approach these areas with care and be mindful of the ocean's strength3.

Depoe Bay's unique combination of a bustling sea wall, the opportunity for captivating whale sightings, and the enchanting spouting horns make it an extraordinary destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of this coastal town and create unforgettable memories surrounded by the wonders of the ocean.

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DB events
  • Game Night
    Game Night
    Thu, Jun 27
    Lincoln Beach
    Jun 27, 2024, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Lincoln Beach, 110 Azalea St, Gleneden Beach, OR 97388, USA
    Jun 27, 2024, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Lincoln Beach, 110 Azalea St, Gleneden Beach, OR 97388, USA
    Game Night Whether you like board games, card games or dice games, there's something for everyone at the Gleneden Beach Community Club's Game Night. Or, bring your favorite game and find someone to challenge. 110 Azalea St.. Free.
  • Art on the Edge Studio Tour
    Art on the Edge Studio Tour
    Fri, Jun 28
    Lincoln City
    Jun 28, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jun 30, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Lincoln City, 540 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367, USA
    Jun 28, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jun 30, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Lincoln City, 540 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367, USA
  • The Gleneden Beach 4th of July Parade
    The Gleneden Beach 4th of July Parade
    Thu, Jul 04
    Lincoln Beach
    Jul 04, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Lincoln Beach, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, OR 97388, USA
    Jul 04, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Lincoln Beach, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, OR 97388, USA
  • SUMMER WHALE WATCH WEEKEND 2024
    SUMMER WHALE WATCH WEEKEND 2024
    Sat, Jul 27
    Depoe Bay
    Jul 27, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jul 28, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Depoe Bay, Viewpoint, Boiler Bay State Wayside, Depoe Bay, OR 97341, USA
    Jul 27, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jul 28, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Depoe Bay, Viewpoint, Boiler Bay State Wayside, Depoe Bay, OR 97341, USA
    Annual Summer Whale Watch Weekend at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint just north of Depoe Bay. 10 AM – 1 PM. Volunteers will be available to help you spot and identify wildlife. Saturday & Sunday, July 27 - 28, 2024.

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