Watch the Grey Whale Migration at Depoe Bay Scenic Park

Depoe Bay Scenic Park, Depoe Bay, Oregon, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic

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)
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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.

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Gordon Li

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