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Whale Watching Center

  COVID-19 Alert 03/23/20
COVID-19 Alert: All state parks will close March 23 until further notice. The closure includes all state parks, including all overnight campgrounds, trails, viewpoints, restrooms, and picnic areas and all other facilities. This is part of the statewide effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

Major Features & Activities

Major Features & Activities:
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Restrooms Flush
  • Open Year Round (ADA)
  • Vault Toilets (ADA)
  • Exhibit Information (ADA)
  • Viewpoint (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)

Note this and all other state parks are currently closed until further notice.

Don't travel for Whale Watching this spring, and instead join us online.

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


During the busiest weeks, thousands of gray whales migrate past our windows on their way to and from the waters of Alaska and Mexico. We keep watch all year long, you never know who might swim by. Many species including humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, porpoise and even blue whales have been spotted from our windows.

In the Winter we watch nearly 20,000 gray whales from mid-December through mid-January as they travel south to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico.

Spring watching begins in late March as the gray whales travel north on their way towards Alaska. The first surge swims by around the end of March and we watch the north-bound whales all the way until June.

Summer & Fall brings whales that feed along our coast from June to mid-November. We typically don't see hundreds of whales during this time but we consistently see between 5 and 15 whales every day!

The center is home to the Whale Watching Spoken Here  volunteer program, which sponsors the winter and spring break Whale Watching Weeks.
 

A gray whale breaching in front of the Whale Watching Center (September 2016)