Winter Wildlife Watching on the Coast

This season, which is largely undiscovered for wildlife viewing, head to the Coast for some of the state’s most compelling critters — dozens of species of migratory birds, tidepools teeming with life, thousands of whales and boisterous sea lions. What’s not to love? See for yourself. More
: Greg Vaughn

Depoe Bay

This town is known as the Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast thanks to a resident pod of gray whales that makes its home offshore from March through December.

Catch a view of them from the Whale Watching Center, the many shore observation spots or a charter boat. A huge sea wall runs the length of the downtown area, enabling visitors to shop or dine within view of the ocean.

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Where can we go whale watching?

You can spot whales nearly year-round on the Oregon Coast. Gray Whales migrate along the Oregon Coast twice a year, once in spring as they are headed north and in winter when headed south. There are about 200 whales that only migrate as far north as Oregon and can be seen nearly year-round until they…

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