Whale Watching in Depoe Bay. Best in Oregon

Whale Watching Report:

01/22/2022

We had whale watching excursions out today and had good sightings on each trip. The whales we have been seeing heading south, headed for Cabo SanLucas and who can blame them. We will have space available Tuesday, the ocean should be good then, very user friendly. Call us or make your reservation online.


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Depoe Bay Whale Watching

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Dockside Charters runs whale watching excursions on a daily basis during our whale watching season. The season typically goes from mid-December through October. Our whale watching season actually is two part: migration and residential. The migratory season begins in December and usually extends until mid May. Mid to late May is when our “resident” whales begin to arrive. Our resident whales are a group of roughly 20 whales that, though they do migrate don’t go all the way to the Bering Sea but rather feed during the summer season within just a few miles of Depoe Bay and stay in the area until late October. The same whales return year after year and we are able to identify returning whales by their individual markings and the skippers even have them named.

Pacific Gray Whales have the longest migration of any animal on earth going from the Bering Sea to the Baja Peninsula and even into the Sea of Cortez. Their migration allows calves to be born in the warm waters of the Baja lagoons, that is vital to the survival of the newborns because they have no insulating blubber layer at birth. As the new calves and their mothers slowly migrate North the calves gain about nine to ten pounds per day. What makes that even more remarkable is the fact that the cows (mother gray whales) feed very little if at all during the migration. This is often quite evident by the physical appearance of the cows when they reach Depoe Bay, they are literally racks of skin and bones, having used their fat reserves to support the calves during migration.

After they arrive here feeding is the priority. Pacific Gray Whales are baleen feeders, they filter food they need from the water by straining it through their baleen plates. Organisms they feed on are quite small, one of the whales most important food sources are Mysid Shrimp. Mysid Shrimp live in and around kelp forests and never get more than about a half inch in length. They resemble mosquito larva more than shrimp and the whales will consume up to 2000 pounds of them a day. At other times they will feed on copepods they filter by taking mouthfuls of muck from the bottom or even skim feed on schools of very small fish.


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Humpback and Blues whales are also seen occasionally though not as frequently as Gray Whales. We are fortunate here in Depoe Bay to have whales nearby for us to see for most of the year.

At Dockside Charters we run our Whale Watching excursions from safe comfortable 50 foot Delta Charter boats. They are Coast Guard Certified and have everything required for your safety and piece of mind. They have all the amenities: comfortable heated cabins, rest rooms, indoor seating, seating out on deck. You are able to walk all the way around the boats and are elevated above the water for excellent whale sightings. Our captains have decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge they share during the excursions making them interpretive tours. Our boats have access doors to walk on and off with ease or provide wheel chair access. We can accommodate large groups.

Reservations are recommended for our whale watching tours, to make yours call 541-765-2545

Whale watching excursions seven days a week, subject to marine conditions.


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Archived Whale Watching Reports:

01/17/2022

We have been having excellent whale watching excursions lately with good sightings fairly close to port. The marine weather forecast from today through the weekend looks very good. Very little wind and small swells. At this time of the year it is important to dress for the weather as it is always cooler on the water than shoreside. We have space available so give us a call at 541-765-2545 or make your reservation online.

01/13/2022

We had excursions out on Sunday and had excellent sightings of whale just three to four miles offshore (still well within sight of shore). The annual migration is well underway and will continue until late May. Our next weather window looks to be Sunday the 16th through Wednesday the 19th according to the current marine forecast. Wednesday is forecast to be the best at this time. You can make a reservation online or by calling 541-765-2545. Remember to dress for the weather as it is cooler on the water than shoreside, there is always the chance of some spray as well.\r\n

01/11/2022

We had excursions out on Sunday and had excellent sightings of whale just three to four miles offshore (still well within sight of shore). The annual migration is well underway and will continue until late May. Our next weather window looks to be Sunday the 16th through Wednesday the 19th according to the current marine forecast. Wednesday is forecast to be the best at this time. You can make a reservation online or by calling 541-765-2545. Remember to dress for the weather as it is cooler on the water than shoreside, there is always the chance of some spray as well.

01/11/2022

We had excursions out on Sunday and had excellent sightings of whale just three to four miles offshore (still well within sight of shore). The annual migration is well underway and will continue until late May. Our next weather window looks to be Sunday the 16th through Wednesday the 19th according to the current marine forecast. You can make a reservation online or by calling 541-765-2545. Remember to dress for the weather as it is cooler on the water than shoreside, there is always the chance of some spray as well.



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01/02/2022

New Years Day the marine conditions were very good. Our whale watching excursions were excellent with many whales to be observed. At this time of year, during the migration, we run one and a half hour cruises. That gives us more time to travel to where the whales are and have the best chance of good sightings. The forecast for the next week is not very good with the exception of Sunday the ninth. Give us a call or make a reservation online.

12/29/2021

We had a whale watching excursion out today and the sightings were very good. There were four to five whale near the boat for a good period of time. On the way back into port there was a whale that breached several times giving everyone aboard exciting sightings. The Gray whales are well into the southern migration so we will have good opportunities to see them as they move to the Baja lagoons and again when they head back north. We have space available Saturday and the marine forecast is good for Saturday (New Years Day). Give us a call or book on line, dress for the weather and come and have some fun.\r\n

12/28/2021

Dockside has reopened as of the 27th of December and we are offering hour and a half whale watching and sight seeing excursions as the weather allows. Call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line.\r\n\r\nThe whales are well into their southern migration and will be migrating well into springtime. There are over 24,000 Gray Whales that migrate past our coast each year on the way to the warm water lagoons of Baja. We see them headed south and again on the way north. They have the longest migration path of any animal going from the Arctic to Baja and back again. The exception being our resident whales that spend from June through October off the Oregon Coast.

10/24/2021

We have had an excellent summer whale watching season and we are thankful we could share it all with our clients. The weather has shut us down a week early but we will resume excursions the 27th of December with our 1 1/2 hour excursions. At that time the whales will be well into the southern migration.



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09/22/2021

We are having very good whale sightings recently with many whales feeding close to port. This is our peak season for whale watching and your chances of seeing these incredible animals are very good. Sightings have been excellent and will continue as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We are seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. Masks required again in the office and on the boats by executive order of the governor.

09/12/2021

We are having stellar whale sightings recently with many whales feeding close to port. This is our peak season for whale watching and your chances of seeing these incredible animals are very good. Sightings are excellent and will continue as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We are seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. Masks required again in the office and on the boats by executive order of the governor.

09/01/2021

We have had phenomenal whale sightings recently with many whales feeding close to port. This is our peak season for whale watching and your opportunities to see these incredible animals are very good. Sightings are excellent and will continue as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. Masks required again in the office and on the boats by executive order of the governor.

08/28/2021

We continue to have excellent whale watching/sight seeing excursions day to day. Today sightings were quite good. A number of the local resident whales are being seen daily. This is our peak season for whale watching. Sightings are good and will continue as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We have had successful excursions even when the visibility is impared. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. Masks required again in the office and on the boats by executive order of the governor..



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08/27/2021

We continue to have excellent whale watching/sight seeing excursions day to day. Today sightings were quite good. A number of the local resident whales are being seen daily. This is our peak season for whale watching. Sightings are good and will continue as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We have had successful excursions even when the visibility is impared. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities. Masks required again in the office by executive order of the governor..

08/18/2021

We continue to have excellent whale watching/sight seeing excursions. A number of the local resident whales are being seen daily. In fact several have been hanging out right in front of Depoe Bay harbor. This is our peak season for whale watching. Sightings are good and will continue as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We have had successful excursions even when the visibility is impared. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities. Masks required again in the office by executive order of the governor..

08/13/2021

Our cruises are a great way to beat the heat. It is always cooler offshore than inland. We continue to have excellent whale watching/sight seeing excursions. A number of the local resident whales are being seen daily. This is our peak season for whale watching. Sightings are good and will continue to be as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We have had successful excursions even when the visibility is impared. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities. Masks required again in the office by executive order of the governor..

08/08/2021

The fog cleared today and our whale watching excursions were phenomenal. A number of the local resident whales are being seen daily. Your opportunities to see these incredible animals are excellent at this time of the year. Sightings are good and will continue to be as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We have had successful excursions even when the visibility is impared. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.



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08/04/2021

Dockside Charters has been having very good whale sightings on our excursions. A number of the local resident whales have been seen daily. Your opportunities to see these incredible animals are excellent at this time of the year. Sightings will continue as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We have had successful excursions even when the visibility is impared. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.

07/31/2021

We enjoyed phenomenal whale watching today, several whales were feeding close to port most of the day. Your opportunities to see these incredible animals are excellent at this time of the year. Sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. We have had successful excursions even when the visibility is impared. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Easy access to our boats with no stairs. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.

07/26/2021

Our resident Grey Whales have been putting on good shows recently. Your opportunities to see these incredible animals are excellent at this time of the year. Sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. Whale sightings have been consistent and for the most part close to port. We are typically seeing several whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.

07/20/2021

We have had great sightings of a number of our resident Grey Whales recently. Your opportunities to see these incredible animals are excellent at this time of the year. Sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.



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07/13/2021

We have had great sightings of a number of our resident Grey Whales recently. Sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales everyday. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities

07/11/2021

Beat the heat on one of our one hour whale watching sight seeing excursions. It is alway cooler on the ocean than on shore and we have had phenomenal sightings of some of our resident Grey Whales recently. The sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.

07/07/2021

At this time of the season we are running only One Hour Whale Watching Excursions. They are a great way to BEAT THE HEAT while watching these magnificent animals. It is alway cooler on the ocean than on shore. We have had phenomenal sightings of some of our resident Grey Whales recently and the sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.\r\n

07/03/2021

At this time of thew season we are running only One Hour Whale Watching Excursions. They are a great way to BEAT THE HEAT. It is alway cooler on the ocean than on shore. We have had good sightings of some of our resident Grey Whales recently and the sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season which runs into October. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have multiple cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.



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06/27/2021

Whale Watching Excursions are a great way to BEAT THE HEAT. It is alway cooler on the ocean than on shore. We have had sightings of some of our resident Grey Whales recently and the sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities.

06/23/2021

We have had sightings of some of our resident Grey Whales recently and the sightings will continue to improve as we move further into our whale watching season. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities. Dockside Charters continues to recommend that all guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield. The CDC DEFINES “People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.” Our goal is to continue to provide a safe environment for your enjoyment and to provide a safe work environment for our employees, while following public health advice and applicable laws.\r\n

06/12/2021

We have had good sightings of Grey Whales recently and the sightings will continue to improve as we move into the height of our whale watching season. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing for outdoor activities. Dockside Charters continues to recommend that all guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield. The CDC DEFINES “People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.” Our goal is to continue to provide a safe environment for your enjoyment and to provide a safe work environment for our employees, while following public health advice and applicable laws.\r\n

06/09/2021

We have had good sightings of Grey Whales recently and the sightings should continue to improve as we move into the height of our whale watching season. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. The marine conditions are good this week. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Based on the new guidance regarding vaccine effectiveness, beginning May 17, 2021, we are modifying our policy regarding face coverings and social distancing. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing by those that are fully vaccinated for outdoor activities. We will not require proof of vaccination, but we ask for everyone’s responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy. Dockside Charters continues to recommend that all guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield. The CDC DEFINES “People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.” Our goal is to continue to provide a safe environment for your enjoyment and to provide a safe work environment for our employees, while following public health advice and applicable laws.



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06/07/2021

The weather brought big swells rain and wind Sunday and Monday. Tuesday the forecast is much improved. We have had good sightings of Grey Whales recently and the sightings should continue to improve as we move into the height of our whale watching season. On Saturday we had a pod of Orca move through the area, they were very exciting to see. Whale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable, best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com Based on the new guidance regarding vaccine effectiveness, beginning May 17, 2021, we are modifying our policy regarding face coverings and social distancing. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing by those that are fully vaccinated for outdoor activities. We will not require proof of vaccination, but we ask for everyone’s responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy. Dockside Charters continues to recommend that all guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield. The CDC DEFINES “People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.” Our goal is to continue to provide a safe environment for your enjoyment and to provide a safe work environment for our employees, while following public health advice and applicable laws.\r\n

06/03/2021

The marine conditions have been quite nice for several days now. Gently winds and small swells make for good whale watching conditions. We had intermittent fog yesterday that made spotting the whales challenging. The conditions so far today are promising, the ocean is flat and the breezes are calm.\r\n\r\nWhale sightings have been consistent, we are typically seeing multiple whales on each excursion. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to sail with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com \r\n\r\nBased on the new guidance regarding vaccine effectiveness, beginning May 17, 2021, we are modifying our policy regarding face coverings and social distancing. The CDC and State of Oregon are no longer requiring face mask and social distancing by those that are fully vaccinated for outdoor activities. We will not require proof of vaccination, but we ask for everyone’s responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy. Dockside Charters continues to recommend that all guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield. The CDC DEFINES “People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.” Our goal is to continue to provide a safe environment for your enjoyment and to provide a safe work environment for our employees, while following public health advice and applicable laws.