Starting Wednesday, 17 Whale-Watching Locations Will Be Staffed by Oregon State Park Staff and Volunteers

Oregon State Park: Beginning on Wednesday, December 27, and continuing through Sunday, January 1, 2019, the “Whale Watch Week” program hosted by Oregon State Parks will feature staff and volunteers at 17 locations along the Oregon coast. This is the first time in the past two years that this event has been held.

17 Whale-Watching Locations Will Be Staffed by Oregon State Park Staff and Volunteers

During the course of five days, park rangers and volunteers will be stationed at official sites along the Oregon Coast in order to assist people in spotting grey whales as they travel south through the waters of Oregon. However, experienced whale watchers are free to use any unobstructed view they find suitable. The trained volunteers will be stationed at the majority of the sites to assist in the spotting of whales, answer questions, and share information with visitors.

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On the website for Oregon State Parks, you may find a map of the locations that are manned by volunteers.

In a press release issued by the Oregon State Parks, park ranger Peter McBride was quoted as saying, “We really enjoy having people out to the coast for Whale Watch Week.” “It’s something that Oregon State Parks has been doing for more than 40 years now, and we’re really thrilled to be able to bring it back in person,” said the spokesperson. “We hope that you enjoy it.”

17 Whale-Watching Locations Will Be Staffed by Oregon State Park Staff and Volunteers
17 Whale-Watching Locations Will Be Staffed by Oregon State Park Staff and Volunteers

During the pandemic, the annual event was scrubbed from the calendar.

During the course of their annual migration south to warmer calving lagoons near Baja, Mexico, an estimated 18,000 grey whales are anticipated to pass through the waters of Oregon over the course of the next several weeks. The end of December is the height of their migration, and during this period there are approximately 30 whales that pass through every hour.

The beginning of spring whale viewing season occurs in late March when grey whales begin their migration back north toward Alaska. The initial wave hits the coast of Oregon at the end of March and stays there until the beginning of June.

During the week-long event known as Whale Watch Week, the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. Visitors can participate in interactive whale exhibitions and take in breathtaking views of the ocean.

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The following is a list of areas in north Lane and Lincoln counties where there will be volunteers available to assist in catching sight of whales:

  • The lighthouse at Heceta Head
  • Cape Perpetua Turnout
  • Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint is located inside Yachats State Park
  • Depoe Bay, the Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint, and the location for whale watching
  • The tip of Cape Foulweather

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