Whale Watching

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 late March-through May (heading north) and from mid-December-through January (heading south).

Oregon Whale Watch weeks are usually held in Spring during greater Oregon Spring Break and in winter between Christmas and New Year’s. 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 see the links below, and follow our Events page for updates.