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  • Here's a closeup of the harbor seen from the park.
    Here's a closeup of the harbor seen from...
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  • This  sculpture sits outside the Sea Hag
    This sculpture sits outside the Sea Hag
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  • Inside the whale center
    Inside the whale center
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Depoe Bay Things to Do

  • Whale watching center

    There's a very neat whale watching center (complete with out-of-the-weather viewing window and telescope thing) along the ocean right in town along the highway.It also serves as a Depoe Bay museum, with photographs, arctifacts and history.One of the many interesting things was an explanation of how Depoe Bay got it’s name (I’ll paraphrase). A young...


    A dramatic wayside park along US 101 just north of Depoe Bay, Boiler Bay presents a dramatic view over the breakers churning around the small bay and northwards towards Lincoln City and Cascade Head beyond. In the early 1900's a ship caught fire offshore, drifted in here and burnt. At low tide, the ship's boiler can still be seen, hence the name....


    A large sea cave carved from sandstone had its roof collapse after centuries of wave erosion. That process continues through two openings in the seaward wall. From atop, you can gaze down as the waves continue to brew. A trail to the north leads down to some nice tide pools where you can spot sea urchins and starfish. To the south and east, there...


    From atop this 500-foot high headland, you can see out to 40 miles at sea on a clear day. Captain James Cook named the headland on March 7, 1778 on a day of storm-tossed seas. Storm-tossed or not, Cook was moving since he also spotted Cape Perpetua, 40 miles south, on the same day. There are grand views towards Yaquina Head to the south marred only...


    Directly over the harbor entrance is the dramatic Depoe Bay Bridge carrying US 101. The bridge is a single span reinforced concrete arch built in 1927 and as many other concrete arched bridges along US 101, Conde McCullough, Oregon State Bridge Engineer from 1919-1935, also designed this. Depoe Bay State Park is located on the north side of the...

  • 10eke's Things to Do Tip

    This is the harbor entrance through the rocks, which can accommodate boats up to fifty feet in length.


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Depoe Bay Restaurants

  • Tidal Raves - Food and Views

    Amazing views of the waves crashing on the Oregon Coast. Good seafood with some inventive dishes. Small plates are available also. Full bar, and good local Oregon wine list. Tiger Shrimp. Good spice, nice presentation, fresh ingredients.

  • Recommended by Michael Burkett

    Prior to a February trip to the coast, my boss said, "Be sure to eat at the Sea Hag in Depoe Bay ... It has the best clam chowder." While the jury's still out on the "best" (I'm still on a years-long quest), it was dang good.The Sea Hag has been a main stay on Main Street (Highway 101) for over 40 years, and features music and a huge menu that...

  • I suggest eating at Tidal...

    I suggest eating at Tidal Raves. The service was friendly and very efficient. The food was wonderful. The view for lunch at the restaurant made the meal even better. We overlooked the bay with a view of the back to Inn at Arch Rock. The day was sunny, warm and moderate winds. I had the Salmon Chowder with salad (topped with shrimp). A serving of...


Depoe Bay Off The Beaten Path

  • A secret resort (of sorts)

    It's a place called Bella Beach - really quite amazing and different in a lot of ways. This resort of vacation rental homes sits just north of Depoe Bay, and is like a small, gorgeous little town all itself. It's like dreamy Americana meets the future - in an upscale yet beachy way. There are about 80 homes - 50 or so of which are available for...


    Some of the most graceful bridges in the US can be found along the length of US 101. Conde McCullough was the State Bridge Engineer for most of them during his reign of 1919-1935. Here, the Yaquina Bay Bridge - completed in 1936 - was one of the five major bridges of the Oregon's Coast Bridges project. Grace and beauty combine here in one of the...

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Depoe Bay Sports & Outdoors

  • Tradewinds Charters: Great Sportfishing...

    Tradewinds Charters offers a variety of rockfishing trips, salmon trips, halibut trips, and tuna trips. Some seasonal, some not. We went rockfishing and had great catches. The office personnel as well as the captain/crew on board the vessel were all extremely helpful and friendly. Even saw whales out there as we brought in our good-eating fish!...


    Fishing charter boats go in and out of the harbor in search of the bounty of ocean fish located outside - halibut, lingcod, salmon, tuna. Year-round charters go out for the rockfish, while the others are seasonal. December -February and again in March, migrating whales come close offshore and the boats go out loaded with would-be whale watchers....

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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