Watch the Grey Whale Migration at Depoe Bay Scenic Park

Oregon Depoe Bay Scenic Park

Added by Gordon Li

A place like no other to witness the annual migration of humpback and grey whales close up without getting wet. Thanks to the sharp drop-off, watch as whales feed, play, and spout within several feet before you from land.

It all started when a man, in my grandad's age, initiated a conversation outside a rest stop just off the coastal highway, 101. I, then, was alone waiting for my travel companions outside the restrooms. He approached me without warning, and began asking intricate details of my travel plans and the direction I was heading. A little creepy, I thought to myself as this seems like a scene straight out of a direct-to-tv horror film. Without giving much detail, I simply told him we were on a road trip north. "Maybe Canada," I added partly out of fear and partly out of truth. Apparently, he had overheard us talking about whales earlier in the parking lot and wanted to offer insight. He has just came from the town of Depoe Bay with his wife and told tales of the great whale migration. 

I relayed the interaction to my friends. They were skeptical, but were eventually sold. Punching in Depoe Bay, we set out northwards. 

We were surprised by the number of people in the town. Parking space abound, but were mostly filled. Within minutes of entering town limits, I heard a shout from the backseat. Whale! Outside, dozens of people lined the man-made seawall in awe.

We eventually came across Depoe Bay Scenic Park, a relatively secluded spot. There was a juvenile grey whale breaching within 5 feet of where we were standing. I was told the whales use the rugged coastline and sharp drop-off to scratch off parasites and barnacles. Another minute passes by and an infant and its mother breached near us. If you want to see whales, this is the place. 

Pack List

  • Jacket
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (but not necessary)


Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

about 2 months ago

Whales and Waves

Made this quick little pit stop on a coast drive and ended with up staying longer because we spotted whales! Must stop, if you're in the area! These whales don't migrate, they stay all year round. The town of depoe bay call them "their" whales.

about 2 months ago

Added by Gordon Li

Exploring the world, one hike at a time.
 Instagram: @gordon_ramsli

More Adventures Nearby

Hike to Susan Creek Falls

Oregon / Susan Creek Falls

This hike starts at the main parking lot about a mile away from the falls. The falls are accessed via a very easy, well graded trail developed and maintained by the Oregon BLM.

Derek Mathewson
4 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Fuji Mountain

Oregon / Fuji Mountain Trailhead

Fuji Mountain has been known by mountain bikers for years, since it sits just off the circuit of popular biking routes around Waldo Lake and makes for a notoriously difficult climb on a bike.

Michael Graw
20 Saves

Hike Paradise Park

Oregon / Timberline Lodge

The hike begins at Timberline Lodge, which sits on Mount Hood at 6,000 feet of elevation.