Gray whales (and occasionally others) are often viewed off the coast of Yachats from the three day-use state parks in town. Other favorite nearby spots to watch for whales include the following:
- Cape Perpetua Visitors Center (about 3 miles south of downtown Yachats)
- Cook’s Chasm Turnout (about 3.25 miles south of downtown Yachats)
- Sea Lion Caves Turnout – large Highway 101 turnout south of tunnel (15 miles south of Yachats)
Gray whales live along our coastline most of the year, but the big gray whale migrations occur from mid-December-through January (heading south) and from late March-through June (heading north).
Oregon Whale Watch weeks are held in winter between Christmas and New Year’s and in Spring during greater Oregon Spring Break. During these times whale watch interpreters are posted nearby at Cape Perpetua Visitors Center and Cook’s Chasm Lookout, just south of town. For more information, please look for Whale Watch Weeks posted in March and December on our Events page.