Whale watching


Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center


The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center is currently on winter hours:

Wednesday through Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM. Closed Monday and Tuesday.


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.


People come from all over 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 are ready to answer your questions.

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


2015-2016 Whale Watching Weeks

Winter: December 27-31, 2015
Spring: March 19-26, 2016

Become a Volunteer

Whale Watch Training --Training dates, agendas & registration click on this ->form  

If you want to become a whale watch volunteer, decide which training to attend and the site or sites you would like to work, fill out the registration form and e-mail, mail or fax it to us .

With pre-registration, the training is free and includes two field guides, a nametag and a training manual. You need only take the training once, but repeats are welcome. After your initial training, you may audit the classes for free after pre-registering.

Training Dates:

All trainings for the 2015/16 season are now full.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 (location: Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR) Thank you all who attended! What a great day.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 (location: Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston, OR) (0 seats available, training FULL)

Saturday, February 6, 2016 (location, Cape Lookout State Park, Tillamook, OR) ( 0 seats available, FULL) 

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).

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

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