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Oregon Coast Spring Whale Watch Week Dates Announced

6:11 PM · Mar 16, 2023

As spring begins to bloom along the Oregon coast, visitors are flocking to the beaches to witness one of nature's most awe-inspiring events: the annual gray whale migration. From late March until summer, an estimated 20,000 gray whales will pass by the Oregon coast on their way to their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic. The whales, which can grow up to 50 feet long and weigh up to 40 tons, are a sight to behold as they breach, spout, and swim gracefully along the coastline. Visitors to the Oregon coast can enjoy whale watching from several locations, including Cape Perpetua, Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint, and Depoe Bay. Additionally, local whale watching companies offer guided tours for those who want to get even closer. There are 17 Whale Watch sites for the annual winter migration of Gray whales. Oregon State Parks will have volunteers ready to help you spot the whales and answer your questions. Fort Stevens State Park--Peter Iredale Shipwreck Neahkahnie Mountain Overlook Cape Meares Lighthouse Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint The Whale Watching Center Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint Cape Foulweather Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Yachats State Recreation Area Cape Perpetua Turnout Heceta Head Lightouse Umpqua Lighthouse Shore Acres State Park Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint Ophir Wayside Harris Beach State Park Session Schedule March 28 - 10am - 1pm March 29 - 10am - 1pm March 30 - 10am - 1pm March 31 - 10am - 1pm April 1 - 10am - 1pm April 2 - 10am - 1pm For more information, see the Oregon State Parks Whale Watching website: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=183

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