The spring whale migration begins in March and the best whale watching sites are open at your favorite coastal parks, although trained volunteers won’t be on site.
The Spring Whale Week hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and volunteers is canceled for 2022.
Although the Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay remains closed, OPRD is bringing back the popular whale watching livestream on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel. The livestreams are scheduled daily March 21-25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Whale Watch Center will reopen to visitors in late spring 2022.
Designated whale watching sites offer the best chances of spotting whales because of their locations, usually slightly elevated above the ocean and in areas where whales are more easily seen.
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 the winter we watch nearly 25,000 gray whales from mid-December through mid-January as they travel south to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico.
Spring watching begins in late March as the gray whales travel north on their way towards Alaska. The first surge swims past Oregon around the end of March, and we watch the north-bound whales all the way until June.
Some 25,000 gray whales will pass by Oregon’s shores from late March to June on their way to cool Alaskan waters. Many will be accompanied by their calves, born during the winter in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico.
Summer and Fall bring Oregon’s resident Gray whales close to shore to feed. These are the approximately 200 whales that remain in Oregon’s coastal waters during the summer migration. The central coast in particular is a hot-spot for whales from June to mid-November.