Every winter 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 places volunteers at great whale watching sites during Watch Weeks so they can teach others while watching the whales too. If you love whales you, too, can be a volunteer!
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department park rangers are ready at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay to answer your questions and help you find whales to watch. Located on U.S. 101 along the seawall in scenic Depoe Bay, the center is a perfect spot for visitors to locate and watch whales as they blow, dive, spyhop and breach. Whale Watching Week runs December 26 through January 1 although this is not the only time. you can see the whales. 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.
And what better spot to view this yearly migration than through the telescope in the front room of Pana-Sea-Ah Bed and Breakfast in Depoe Bay. This beautiful contemporary craftsman-style home was built in 1999 with B&B guests in mind. Each uniquely decorated guest room features panoramic ocean views. Easy beach access is a few steps away. Centrally located between Newport and Lincoln City.
The rooms at Pana-Sea-Ah fill up quickly but there are many more Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member inns on the Oregon Coast. From Astoria to Port Orford, 21 inspected and approved bed and breakfast inns of the Oregon B&B Guild will provide the ultimate in Oregon Coast Lodging.
Trained volunteers at 26 "Whale Watching Spoken Here" sites help visitors spot gray whales during the winter and spring annual migrations. The volunteers are on duty 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help visitors see the marine animals and offer information about their migration.