Whale Watch Week Coming Up Dec. 27 – 31

Oregon State Parks has announced that this year’s Winter Whale Watch Week will take place December 27 – 31. Around 25,000 gray whales will be passing by the coast on their way from Alaska to Baja Mexico.   

The Oregon coast is regarded as one of the best places in the world to observe both the winter and spring migrations of the gray whale. According to OSP’s Whale Watching Spoken Here program, “About 30 whales per hour migrate past the Oregon coast during the peak southbound migration.”  

OSP will be operating 24 different locations during the event, which are listed below. Volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be onsite from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. each day to answer questions and provide aid in spotting the whales. The event will also be livestreamed on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel.  

The participating sites are: 

  • Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center 
  • Fort Stevens State Park–Peter Iredale Shipwreck 
  • Ecola State Park 
  • Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker 
  • Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint 
  • Cape Lookout State Park 
  • Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area 
  • Inn at Spanish Head 
  • Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint 
  • The Whale Watching Center 
  • Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint 
  • Cape Foulweather 
  • Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area 
  • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area 
  • Don Davis Park, Newport 
  • Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center 
  • Cook’s Chasm Turnout 
  • Sea Lion Caves Turnout 
  • Umpqua Lighthouse State Park 
  • Shore Acres State Park 
  • Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint 
  • Battle Rock Wayside 
  • Cape Ferrelo 
  • Harris Beach State Park 

By Brandon Urey