A hike on Cape Lookout leads to one of the Oregon Coast’s best spots to spot migrating grey whales. Zach Urness, Statesman Journal
If you’re looking for a way to shake off winter doldrums, consider heading to the Oregon coast for Spring Whale Watch Week.
Come gaze over the Pacific Ocean as the gray whale migration ramps up. There are trained volunteers available to help at 24 locations along the coast beginning March 23 to 31.
After enjoying warm winters off the coast of Baja, Mexico, gray whales make their way to feeding grounds near Alaska during spring, often with calves born over the winter, according to Oregon State Parks officials.
While the migration stretches from mid-March to June, volunteers will on hand 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day during the week-long event to help visitors spot whales swimming near the shore, as well as to share details on the massive mammals.
Those looking for an even bigger whale experience can head to the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the event week, for interactive exhibits and even access to binoculars to use on site.
For the latest from Oregon’s shore, visitors can email the Whale Watching Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, call at 541-765-3304 or check out their blog at whalespoken.wordpress.com.
Top spots to catch migrating whales
Each year, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department keeps track of the number of whales spotted at each of the 24 locations where volunteers are stationed during Whale Watch Week. Here are the top results from the Spring 2018 Whale Watch Week, March 24-31: