In just a few short days, an estimated 18,000 migrating gray whales will begin their northbound journey to Alaska and visitors will have the chance see them as they pass the Oregon Coast. As they make their way back to the feeding grounds off the shores of Alaska, the whales tend to travel to stay closer to shore—within a half mile is not unusual. The peak travel time is in March, but migrating whales can be spotted off our coast well into the summer months.
Though the Oregon Coast offers many spectacular viewing spots, Cape Arago State Park, located 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, is perhaps one of our favorites. When you go, be sure to bring your binoculars and look deep into the Pacific from this fabulous whale watching perch pictured below.
Spring 2017 Whale Watch Week is March 25-31, 2017 and Whale Watching Spoken Here® volunteers will be on hand at 24 whale-watching locations along on the Oregon coast including our own Shore Acres Park. These trained volunteers will help visitors spot the migrating whales and other marine life along our coast and learn more about them.