Winter Whale Watch Week in Oregon

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People come from all over the world to learn about the gray whales that travel along the Oregon coast each year. Whales are visible from Oregon's shores all year long although some months are better than others. In winter approximately 20,000 gray whales travel south to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico. Mid-December through mid-January is the peak of whale migration past Oregon. You can spot gray whales and partake in whale watch counts along the Oregon Coast.

Celebrate Winter Whale Watch Week on the Oregon Coast from December 27 - December 31 at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (2400 Hwy 101, Yachats). Talk to knowledgeable volunteers at the Sea Lion Caves Turnout, Cook's Chasm Turnout and Cape Perpetua all week long from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Whales are an awesome sight to behold. Winter Whale Watch Week is part of the "Whale Watching Spoken Here" by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

“We’ve already seen the first migrating gray whales in the past few days and we expect another excellent winter whale watching week,” said Luke Parsons, Whale Watching Center ranger. “Last winter our volunteers helped people see more than 1,600 gray whales plus a pod of orcas and some humpback whales spotted on the central coast. You never know what you’re going to see while you’re whale watching, but that’s half the fun.”

The winter migration typically lasts until mid-January. A map of the watch sites is available online. Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to Oregon State Parks to check availability and make a reservation.