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Spring Whale Watching

March 16 - May 31

Gray whales are the most frequently viewed whale on the Oregon coast. Within Yachats, they are often spotted off the coast of our three day-use state parks. Other favorite nearby places to watch for whales include the following:

Cape Perpetua West Shelter or 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 – (15 miles south of Yachats)

See “Maps & More” (at the top of our website) for local parks locations.

About 200 Gray whales live along this coastline most of the year, but the big gray whale migrations occur from mid-March to June (heading north) and from mid-December through January (heading south).

The Oregon Spring Whale Watch Week interpretive program will hopefully return in 2023 and is held during greater Oregon Spring Break. Winter Whale Watch Week may return in 2022 – between Christmas and New Year’s. During this time whale watch interpreters are posted at Cape Perpetua Visitors Center and Cook’s Chasm Lookout, just south of town.

For more information, please see the links and websites provided below and follow our Events page for updates.

Oregon State Parks Whale Watching Brochure

Gray Whale Facts Brochure

Gray Whale Facts for Kids – The World’s Most Watched Whale


March 16
May 31
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