Oregon State Parks will hold Spring Whale Watch Week in person from Tuesday, March 28, through Sunday, April 2, around the Oregon Coast.
In the spring, thousands of gray whales return to Oregon from calving lagoons in Mexico, and the state’s parks and recreation department encourages people to visit the coast to watch them.
Every day from 10 AM to 1 PM, there will be trained volunteers at 17 locations to assist tourists in finding whales, providing information, and answering questions. Some of the best whale-watching spots along the Oregon coast may be found at these locations.
“Spring is a great time for whale watching because the gray whales are usually closer to shore on their return trip, typically around a mile or so out, and the weather is a little warmer for visitors,” said Park Ranger Peter McBride.
As part of their yearly migration back to Alaska, an estimated 18,000 gray whales will pass by the coast of Oregon between late March and June. This migration starts at the end of March, just before spring break.
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Depoe Bay’s Whale Watching Center is open from 10 AM to 4 PM on Wednesday through Sunday. At the facility, guests may learn more about whales through hands-on displays and take in breathtaking ocean vistas.
The use of binoculars is encouraged and supplied. Park rangers from Oregon State Parks will also be available to answer any questions about the whales.
Dress appropriately for the weather, pack binoculars, and be aware of the tide schedule and where the surf is at all times; these are just a few of the beach safety requirements that should be followed by everyone who visits during Whale Watch Week.