COVID-19: For the latest information on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority. Interested in how we’re handling COVID-19 in Oregon State Parks? For the latest updates, visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page.

Virtual spring whale watching starts now


Spring 2020 Whale Watch Week Update: No volunteers will be stationed for the spring Whale Watch Week, set March 21-29, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All state parks are closed.

The spring whale migration kicks off with a surge in late March and continues through May. An estimated 25,000 Gray whales swim past Oregon’s coastline, bound for cooler Alaskan waters. Many whales will have their new calves in tow, born earlier this year in the whales' winter hideout off the coast of Mexico.

If you're lucky enough to live within sight of the ocean, enjoy the migration. If you live inland, enjoy the live stream from Depoe Bay on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel daily March 21-29.  

More information about Oregon State Parks’s response to COVID-19 is on the official FAQ page on the Oregon State Parks website.