Whale Watching


Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center


Whale Watching Center is currently Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10AM - 4PM.

Park interpreters and volunteers will be stationed outside the building during afternoons Monday through Thursday weather permitting.

Construction will continue inside the facility for the next several weeks.

For the latest updates, please email us at Whale.watching@oregon.gov or call at 541-765-3304

Join us at the Oregn State Fair!

Whale Center Staff will be at the Oregon State Fair on Tuesday August, 30 all day!

1/2 hour interpretive programs will take place at 12:00 PM & at 3:00 PM

Whale Watching along the Oregon Coast

Whales are visible from the Oregon Coast all year long. Today, Rangers will be talking about when, where and how to see these amazing ocean animals!

See you there!

-WWSH Team


Mark your calendars!


The 2016 and 2017 Whale Watch Weeks will be:

Tuesday, December 27th - Saturday, December 31st 2016


Saturday, March 25th - Friday, March 31st 2017.


Training dates and locations will be announced in mid-September.

Volunteer Registration will also begin at that time.

Stay tuned.... and happy whale watching.

-The WWSH team.

Whales in Oregon!

People come from all over the world to learn about the gray whales that migrate past the Oregon coast each year. The Whale Watching Spoken Here® program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch weeks so they can help others spot the whales. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. We definitely know whale watching. Learn more about whales at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Rangers and volunteers are ready to answer your questions.

24 of the best locations to see whales in Oregon

Whale viewing sites during the Watch Weeks
View Whale Watching Spoken Here in a larger map



Check out this map for a list of 24 designated locations volunteers will be staffed during each of our official Whale Watch Weeks.

Even if it isn't Whale Watch Week, these are great locations to be on the lookout for grey whales and other marine mammals!














Become a Volunteer

Whale Watch Training --Training dates, agendas & registration

Stay tuned for next years training and registration info.

For more information:
Depoe Bay Whale Center
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
198 NE 123rd Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
fax (541)765-3402
e-mail: whale.watching@oregon.gov

What does a volunteer do?

Volunteers are expected to work at a watch site a minimum of two days. Although the schedule is 10 a.m.-1 p.m., actual volunteer time includes setting up the site with a sign and summarizing the data at the end of the day. Many volunteers work additional days and become regulars at their favorite sites. 

Free camping in the nearest coastal state parks (for tents or campers only) is available for volunteers during training weekends and watch weeks.
If you are pre-registered for a class or watch week, you may make free campsite reservations by calling Reservations Northwest at 1-888-953-7677. For Washington reservations at Cape Disappointment State Park for watch weeks, call 360-642-3078. California State Parks cannot offer free or discounted campsites at this time. For yurt or other campsite reservations, phone 1-800-452-5687 (regular fees apply).


Spring 2016 Whale Watch Week March 19th - 26th.

Spring Watch week was a huge success!  Below is a short description of the week's highlights and be sure to check out the Spring totals link. Over 1800 whales were spotted and over 20,000 visitors were contacted by our awesome volunteer staff!

Click this link to view the whale totals. SPRING 2016

Winter Watch Week 2015
The 2015 Winter Whale Watch week was a huge success! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers. The week started off with some less than ideal weather, but by the end we had almost perfect viewing conditions in most locations!

Statewide, over 1,644 gray whale sightings were reported from December 27 - December 31 and more than 7,690 visitors were contacted by the Whale Watching Spoken Here volunteers.

Click here for Winter 2015 totals

Thank you again, and see you all March 19th - 26th for the Spring watch week.


Whale and Visitor Counts

Volunteers at the 24 Whale Watching Spoken Here® sites keep track of the whales spotted and number of visitors during the Whale Watch Weeks.

* Thank you to all the dedicated Whale Watching Spoken Here volunteers! 

March 21-28, 2015

Dec. 27-31, 2014

March 22-29, 2014

Dec. 26-31, 2013

March 23-30, 2013
Dec. 26-30, 2012            
March 24-31, 2012     
Dec. 26-31, 2011                                       
March 19-26, 2011
Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 1, 2011
March 20-27, 2010
Dec. 26, 2009 - Jan. 1, 2010
March 21-28, 2009
Dec. 26, 2008-Jan. 1, 2009 
March 22-29, 2008
Dec. 26, 2007 - Jan. 1, 2008
March 24 - 31, 2007                                      
Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2007                                        
Aug. 28 - Sept. 4, 2006                                    
March 21 - April 1, 2006                                      
Dec. 26, 2005 - Jan. 2, 2006
Aug. 29, 2005 - Sept. 5, 2005
March 19 - 26, 2005
Dec. 26, 2004 - Jan. 2, 2005

Spring 1987-Spring 2009 Comparisons