Oregon Winter Whale Watch Week Returns December 28, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023
We have great news for whale watchers: after a two year hiatus, Oregon Whale Watch Week is back! Thanks to the knowledgeable volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here® program, Oregon Coast visitors can learn more about the mysterious and awe-inspiring gray whales and their annual migration in designated Whale Watching Spoken Here® sites (like Shore Acres State Park ) between 10am and 1pm December 28, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023.
Bring your binoculars, you just may witness the beautiful sight of gray whales blowing, breaching and fluking as they pass by, and don’t forget to dress in layers and bring a waterproof coat!
While you’re here, we recommend exploring the beaches and state parks along the Cape Arago Highway Loop, and looking for the famous seals and sea lions! Some of our favorite spots on the loop include Sunset Bay State Park, Bastendorff Beach, Simpson Beach, and, of course, Shore Acres State Park. There is a 6-mile hiking trail loop from Sunset Bay Cove to Cape Arago State Park that takes you along dramatic cliffs, into the coastal forest, and down to the tide pools and beaches.
Did you know that gray whales travel up to 12,000 miles (round trip) on their journey from the Arctic Ocean to Mexico and back each year? Here are some other interesting facts about gray whales we’ve learned from orwhalewatch.org .
Click here for local lodging options, and be sure to download the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department whale watching brochure to learn more!
Here are some other adventures and trip ideas to consider during your visit to Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston.