Winter Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast offers front row seats for folks to witness the yearly migration of the grey whale.
Winter Whale Watching can be observed as 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 visitors front-row seats for whale watching. People come from all over the United States to learn about the gray whales that migrate past our coast each year.
The Whale Watching Spoken Here program, unfortunately has been cancelled for the winter season. Blame COVID. In the meantime check out this video from Winter 2019. It has some great tips on how to look for gray whales migrating this time of year. The volunteers hope to be back for the Spring migration in 2022.
Located on U.S. 101 along the seawall in scenic Depoe Bay, the Whale Watching Center is but one place to the center locate and watch whales as they blow, dive, spy hop and breach. About 18,000 gray whales will pass by in about 4 weeks, from mid-December to mid-January. The same locations are still great viewing spots.
Whales are visible from Oregon’s shores year round! Even more during the winter and spring migrations. Use this map to help plan your next whale watching trip. These are some of the best places to spot gray whales during the winter and spring annual migrations.
Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns on the Oregon Coast can be home base for your trip to the Oregon Coast to witness this yearly migration. From Astoria to Port Orford, 6 inspected and approved bed and breakfast inns of the Oregon B&B Guild will provide the ultimate in Oregon Coast Lodging.
Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.
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