The Whales are Coming!!!

Cow and Calf Gray Whale at Yaquina Head ONA Photo: Roy Lowe

Cow and Calf Gray Whale at Yaquina Head ONA
Photo: Roy Lowe

Later in December and Early January is a great time for whale watching on the Oregon Coast.  This is typically when the numbers are highest during the Gray Whale migration. (again in March and April)  For the guests of many of the Pacific View Lodging properties you will be able to sit right at the window, grab those binoculars and watch to your heart’s content, for others you are just a short walk to great viewing locations.

The easiest way to spot a whale is to watch for the spray of water from their blowhole.  This is best when the sea is calm and you don’t have a lot of white caps. (More likely in spring than winter.)   Once you know their location you can then focus your binoculars in that general vicinity for that closer view.

If you would prefer a more up close experience I might suggest taking a short trip down Depoe Bay or Newport and booking a trip on a whale watching boat.

All along the coast during the height of the migration (December 27-31, March 23-31) you will find “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites (map) with volunteers that can help you observe this natural phenomenon.  This program is sponsored by Oregon State Parks.  Locations with guides close to Lincoln City include the Inn at Spanish Head and Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint and Depoe Bay has the Whale Watching Center

What are you waiting for… Book your visit to the Oregon Coast for a Whale of a time!

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