Discover Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay is a very lovely place to live, and especially interesting to visit.  Here are a few pictures I have taken while on walk about’s around the area.  We live only a stone’s throw away from Otter Rock and

the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Known as the Whale Watching Capitol of the World, seeing a whale is an everyday occasion with rainbows shooting in the mist of their spouts.  Low tides offer a plethora of adventure in tide-pooling.

Depoe Bay has the smallest natural navigable harbor in the world consisting of six square acres. Because of the proximity to the ocean, fishermen or whale watchers can be from dockside to viewing or fishing in a matter of minutes, and where looking down upon the fishing boats as they navigate the narrow channel and then process the catch of the day, is an  interesting experience.

Set halfway between Lincoln City and Newport, there is plenty of exciting and wonderful things to do; dine, hike, bike, kayak, shop, whale watch, fish, etc. There are also several wonderful art galleries to visit in the area.


Restaurants in Depoe Bay are delightful and diverse. We also have several events throughout the year: Annual Crab Feed, Wooden Boat Show, Ducky Derby, and memorial day weekend celebrate’s a Fleet of Flowers ceremony ( 2018 was it’s 77th year), and a pirate’s treasure hunt in August.

There is a resident pod of grey whales which makes its home off Depoe Bay from March through December. Visitors from everywhere come to whale watch either from the new Whale Watch Center, the many shore observation spots or you can take a charter out for a closer look.

A huge sea wall runs the length of the downtown area

which enables visitors to shop or dine always within view of the ocean. This is the only town on the entire coast with this amenity. Waves run beneath lava beds and build pressure to spout water as high as 60 feet into the air. These are known as spouting horns and are visible during turbulent seas and stormy weather.

Cape Foulweather (nearby) was discoverd and named in 1778 by the famous British navigator Captain James Cook. It was at this Point that Captain Cook first sighted the mainland of North America on the Pacific Coast, and one of the sudden storms which greeted his arrival almost put an end to his historical expedition. The fierceness of the storm is reflected by the name he gave this rugged landmark – Cape Foulweather.