Whale Watching Center

Near Newport, Oregon, United States

Perched on a seawall with expansive ocean views and a large viewing deck, the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay is the perfect spot to see whales. Park staff and volunteers are ready to answer your questions and help you spot whales and other marine life. The center is equipped with binoculars for visitors, and displays feature facts about whales and information on what swimming patterns you might see.

During the busiest weeks, thousands of gray whales migrate past on their way to and from the waters of Alaska and Mexico. We keep watch all year long; you never know what might swim by. We also see humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, porpoise and even blue whales. 

When is the best time to see whales?

In the winter we watch nearly 20,000 gray whales from mid-December through mid-January as they travel south to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico.

Spring watching begins in late March as the gray whales travel north on their way towards Alaska, calves in tow. The first surge swims by around the end of March, and we watch the north-bound whales all the way until June.

Summer and fall brings resident whales close to shore to feed from June to mid-November. Depoe Bay is a hot spot for whales looking for food this time of year. We consistently see between 5 and 15 whales every day!

Learn more about whale watching at Oregon State Parks and our two Whale Watch Week events in late December and March. 

Be a volunteer

The center is home to the Whale Watching Spoken Here  volunteer program, which sponsors the winter and spring break Whale Watching Weeks.

A gray whale breaching in front of the Whale Watching Center (September 2016)

Effective Mar 2, 2023 – May 31, 2023
The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center is open Wed. - Sun. from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The center is closed Monday and Tuesday.
Effective Mar 28, 2023 – Apr 2, 2023
Whale Watch Week returns to in-person events along the Oregon Coast March 28 - April 2, 2023. This event could impact traffic and parking.

Volunteers will be at most of the 17 sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help visitors spot whales during the annual gray whale migration from Mexico.

The sites include:
Fort Stevens State Park--Peter Iredale Shipwreck
Neahkahnie Mountain Overlook
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
The Whale Watching Center
Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint--Cape Foulweather
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yachats State Recreation Area
Cape Perpetua Turnout
Heceta Head Lightouse
Umpqua Lighthouse
Shore Acres State Park
Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint
Ophir Wayside
Harris Beach State Park
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Amenities & Features


Purchased from the City of Depoe Bay March 4, 2008, for $97,522. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places March 7, 2012. The only state wayside constructed during the postwar period designed to serve the rapidly increasing ranks of the motoring public, while taking advantage of a unique scenic vista—the world’s smallest navigable harbor at Depoe Bay.

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Whale Watching Center

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