The Whale Watching Center is an Oregon
State Parks staffed visitor center in Depoe Bay
, Oregon, U.S.A. to help visitors observe whale migration and provide information about whales and other marine mammals including history, economics, and their environmental and ecological influences.Approximately 20,000 whales migrate southward past the center from mid-December to end of January each year. The same number migrate northward, but are distributed throughout mid-March through the first week of June.
Gray whales are the most commonly sighted whales year round along the Oregon Coast.Summer is when the whales are the closest to shore making them easier to watch.Other types of whales observed are Humpbacks, Minkes, Orca, and sometimes Sperm and Blue whale.The center is free to enter, has binoculars for public use, and is out of the weather.