It’s Spring Whale Watch Week!


DEPOE BAY — It’s that time of year again, when more than 20,000 gray whales, many with their new calves, are expected to migrate north past the Oregon Coast.

Spring Whale Watch Week celebrates this annual migration, running from March 23-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed each day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help visitors spot the migrating mammals.

Start of Whale Watch Week

Spring whale watching in Oregon begins in late March, as the gray whales travel north on their way towards Alaska. Photo Credit: Matt Noble/Oregon State Parks

People come from all over the world to learn about the gray whales that travel along the Oregon coast north on their way towards Alaska. The first large groups of whales pass by Oregon mid-March and the migratory stream typically continues into June.

Support from Oregon State Parks

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open daily, where visitors can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided, and rangers from Oregon State Parks will be on hand to answer any questions about whales.

Not able to make it to the coast next week? No worries! Oregon State Parks will also be live streaming whale activity in Depoe Bay.

For more information and a map listing the 24 volunteer-staffed whale watch sites, visit

About Author

Matt Noble is a Communication Specialist with Oregon Department of Transportation.

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