A Day at Sea | Water Activities in Depoe Bay

Make waves this summer and take your adventures off-shore with many water activities in Depoe Bay. Get a glimpse of marine life with whale watching or enjoy some exercise with paddle boarding around Siletz Bay. Read here for some of the best things to do in Depoe Bay during your summer vacation.

Whale Watching

Did you know Depoe Bay is known as the “whale watching capital of the Oregon Coast”? Throughout the year (with peak seasons in spring and winter), gray whales can be seen migrating up and down our rugged coast. And while you have a prime viewing spot from the comfort of your room at Whale Cove Inn, be sure to gain a close-up view of these beautiful creatures on a whale watching tour. Guided tours through Oregonwhales.com are led by marine biologists and expert marine naturalists that love what they do and know where to spot these beautiful creatures. They offer 1 ½ hour trips, daily, for $45 a person.

Deep Sea Fishing

Enjoy life out at sea with deep sea fishing. As Oregon’s premier fishing excursions, Dockside Charters in Depoe Bay offers daily tours for all your fishing adventures. Depending on the season there are a variety of excursions to take: Coho salmon, offshore halibut, tuna, and deep-sea fishing. Seasonal catches vary, so check their website for the most up-to-date information using their daily fishing report.

Dungeness crabbing

Crabbing in Depoe Bay is one of the simple joys of a day at the Oregon Coast. Hailed as one of the more popular crabs to catch, Dungeness crabs are the tastiest to eat! Explore the Siletz River and jump in a SiletzCat (Siletz Catamaran), built for Dungeness crabbing, and enjoy a beautiful day catching some of Oregon Coast’s finest crabs.

Surf Otter Rock

Grab your surfboard and test out your surfing skills at Otter Rock. Out of all the water activities in Depoe Bay, surfing at Otter Rock might be the most challenging. Due to its location at Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park, Otter Rock is sheltered by the summer northwest winds by Cape Foulweather, making it a popular spot amongst beginners and longboarders. With a recreational beach, large parking lot, and restrooms, it is a great place to spend the day and ride a few waves. Check here for up-to-date surfing conditions.

Wade under a waterfall at Drift Creek Falls

Not all water activities in Depoe Bay take you out to the ocean, some take you to dry land with a promise of a beautiful cascading waterfall. Take the day and hike out to Drift Creek Falls for a cool and refreshing outing along the Oregon Coast. This 3-mile out and back trail is a moderate hike with beautiful views of the Coast Range Forest, a suspension bridge, and of course Drift Creek Falls.

Paddle Boarding

There are many opportunities for paddle boarding in Depoe Bay, depending on your skill level.

Head out to the rougher waters of the Pacific Ocean or leisurely paddle down Schooner Creek or around Siletz Bay. Rentals are available nearby at Lincoln City Surf Shop or Safari Town Surf Shop.

Stay with Whale Cove Inn

As you explore some of the many water activities in Depoe Bay book your stay at Whale Cove Inn. Located in the heart of Depoe Bay, we offer some of the most extraordinary views in town to enjoy the beauty of the Oregon Coast. Be sure to browse our complete collection of available rooms and suites and start planning your vacation to Depoe Bay this summer!


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