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Get To Know Depoe Bay Oregon
The small town of Depoe Bay is known as the “whale watching capital of the Oregon Coast”. The 1,400 citizens of Depoe Bay citizens are visited every year, between March and December, by a large pod of gray whales who also call the area off the Oregon Coast home.
Depoe Bay features a large sea wall running the length of downtown. The seawall allows for easy walking right along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. When the tide and conditions are right waves can crash right up against the seawall and spray not only the sidewalk on the West side of Highway 101, but can reach all the way across the highway! On the other side of Highway 101 there are plenty of fun shops and popular eateries to enjoy.
Depoe Bay is also famous for having the “world’s smallest harbor” located just South of downtown. You can stroll around the Whale Watching Museum (on the West side of Highway 101) and Highway 101 bridge, observing the working harbor from a unique perspective.
Depoe Bay, incorporated in 1973, has all the charm of much older fishing towns one might think of on the East Coast of the U.S. For such a small town, there is loads of character waiting for visitors and residence alike.
Things to do in town
Depoe Bay has three parks in town; City Park, Scenic park, and Whale park. There is also the Graham Street Scenic Lookout Trail. Just outside of town you will find Boiler Bay State Wayside. In 1910, an explosion aboard the J. Marhoffer just off the coast required to vessel to ground just North of the Depoe Bay area. The boiler remains among the rocks to this day, giving the Wayside its name. The boiler can be seen on the North side of the Wayside during low tide. At Boiler Bay you can also expect so see many sea birds, whales, big crashing waves, and brave surfers.
The town is also well known for fishing and whale watching boat excursions. Many different charter companies are available to choose from. You can book trips online, and even right from trip booking booths situated downtown. Get up and close with the whales who call the area home for many months out of the year. For those ready to pull a big one out of the sea, there are many different types of fishing are available and fishing reports are easy to find. Getting into a boat and experiencing the Pacific Ocean first hand is a thrilling adventure one will not soon forget.
Depoe Bay hosts wonderful events throughout the year. In April the very popular Wooden Boat Show draws big crowds. Since 1945 Depoe Bay has held the Fleet of Flowers Memorial Day Ceremonies. In August there is a community picnic and Pirate Treasure Hunt. Fun events fill out the winter calendar as well, including a fun Witches in Depoe Bay fall event and the December community potluck. Other events dot the calendar periodically as well. Get more information on all of Depoe Bay’s events through the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce event calendar.
Living in Depoe Bay
Depoe Bay is the quintessential small coast town. A sense of community is felt whether you are just visiting or planning to live in Depoe Bay full time. Depoe Bay has a lot to offer for such a small town; a breathtaking setting, rich history, fun events, and a close community. There are great communities surrounding Depoe Bay as well.
South of Depoe Bay is the Inn at Otter Crest and the small community of Otter Crest, situated on Cape Foulweather. The award winning community of Little Whale Cove is also just South of Depoe Bay. Just North of Depoe Bay you will find the small community of Lincoln Beach, which is were the closest grocery store is located. Depoe Bay is between Newport and Lincoln City. There are good hospitals in each of those towns. Most children who live in Depoe Bay attend school in Lincoln City at Taft Elementary and Taft 7-12.
The scenery of Depoe Bay is unmatched. The rugged rocky coastline is really just the beginning though. For such a small community, this Coast Town is active and wondrous.
Meet Taj Richardson: I have lived on the Oregon Coast since 1994. I graduated from Nestucca High School in 1996. After several years in college and traveling, I made my way to Lincoln City in 2003. I ....