Depoe Bay

Your visit to the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast” is sure to be a memorable one. There is a resident pod of grey whales which makes its home off Depoe Bay from March through December. Visitors from everywhere come to whale watch either from the new Whale Watch Center, the many shore observation spots or you can take a charter out for a closer look.

Depoe Bay has the smallest natural navigable harbor in the world consisting of six square acres. Because of the proximity to the ocean, fishermen or whale watchers can be from dockside to viewing or fishing in a matter of minutes.

A huge sea wall runs the length of the downtown area which enables visitors to shop or dine always within view of the ocean. This is the only town on the entire coast with this amenity. Waves run beneath lava beds and build pressure to spout water as high as 60 feet into the air. These are known as spouting horns and are visible during turbulent seas and stormy weather.

Featured activities

  • Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97301
    800-551-6949

    A miraculous and rugged, basalt-rimmed bay, Boiler Bay is a great place to watch wild surf action on the rocky spurs. This splendid panoramic viewpoint presents a good opportunity to see migrating and resident gray whales. Take your binoculars -- this is one of the best sites in Oregon to see oceangoing birds (like shearwaters, jaegers, albatrosses, grebes, pelicans, loons, oystercatchers and murrelets). In 1910, an explosion sank the J. Marhoffer, and you can see the ship's boiler at low-tide.

  • Cape Foulweather

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    877-485-8348

    Cape Foulweather was discoverd and named in 1778 by the famous British navigator Captain James Cook. It was at this Point that Captain Cook first sighted the mainland of North America on the Pacific Coast, and one of the sudden storms which greeted his arrival almost put an end to his historical expedition. The fierceness of the storm is reflected by the name he gave this rugged landmark - Cape Foulweather.

Featured accommodations

  • Vacasa - Depoe Bay

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    503-208-9861

    From whale watching off your private deck to curling up by the fireplace, there's no better place to stay in Depoe Bay than a Vacasa vacation rental. We offer a wide range for every taste, from oceanfront condos to warm and spacious family homes in the heart of town. Indeed, every Vacasa home in Depoe Bay is unique, but many offer private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and pet-friendly policies. Find your ideal retreat today—visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.

  • Salishan Spa & Golf Resort

    7760 Hwy 101 N Gleneden Beach
    Lincoln City, Oregon 97367
    541.764.2371

    Just as the magnificent Oregon coastal forest surrounds and embraces Salishan Resort, our beautifully remodeled guest rooms will wrap you in luxury. From the views of towering Douglas firs and tranquil Siletz Bay to the Oregon timber used in the woodwork, every aspect of your stay will be infused with authentic elements of the coast. Come relax with us, and embrace all that Salishan has to offer.

Featured Events

  • Annual Depoe Bay Crab Feed, Wooden Boat Show & Ducky Derby

    Depoe Bay Harbor & Community Center
    220 S.E. Bay St.
    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
    877-485-8348   |   541-765-2889
    April 21 - 22, 2018

    Depoe Bay will be cooking up locally caught Dungeness crab and showing off colorful classic wooden boast at the world’s smallest harbor. Indoor and outdoor dining will be available, with a selection of thirst-quenching brews in the beer garden.

    On Sunday "the world’s smallest harbor" will see hundreds of colorful bathtub ducks released to race in the annual Ducky Derby. Buy a ticket for a chance to win great prizes provided by Depoe Bay merchants, including clothing, dining passes and an authentic antique silver shipwreck treasure coin.

    On both Saturday and Sunday a free model boat building demonstration provides both the young and young-at-heart with the opportunity to build a boat to take home. It’s a fun experience the whole family will enjoy.

    Admission to all activities is free.  Pricing for Dungeness crab meals will be announced prior to the event.

    Saturday, 11am – 5pm; Sunday, 11am – 3pm

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