Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Depoe Bay, OR

Depoe Bay, Oregon - Photo courtesy of Out West Photography

Depoe Bay’s 6-acre (2.4 ha) harbor has staked claim to the “world’s smallest navigable harbor”. Located 8 miles north of Yaquina Head, Depoe Bay has one of the best small-boat shelters along this part of the coast.

Some Fun Facts:

  • The town of Depoe Bay was named for Siletz Indian Charles “Charley” Depot who was originally allotted the land in 1894 as part of the Dawes Act of 1887. His original tribal affiliation was Tututni.
  • In 1975, the fishing trip sequence in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed in Depoe Bay.
  • In 2008, restaurant scenes from The Burning Plain were filmed in Depoe Bay, at the Tidal Raves restaurant.
  • On March 11, 2011, Depoe Bay’s port was damaged by a tsunami caused by the Tōhoku earthquake off the coast of Japan.
  • On August 21, 2017, Depoe Bay became one of the first places in the United States to witness totality of the solar eclipse.

Places to Visit:

The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center, also known as the Depoe Bay Ocean Wayside, is an Oregon State Parks-staffed visitor center in Depoe Bay, Oregon, U.S. to help visitors observe whale migration and provide information about whales and other marine mammals, including history, economics, and their environmental and ecological influences. The wayside provides a sheltered platform from which to view the ocean. First established as a wayside parking area on the Oregon Coast Highway in 1930, the wayside building was built in 1956 as a restroom facility for the popular spot. It is located just to the north of the Depoe Bay Bridge, also on the National Register.

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Depoe Bay, Oregon - Courtesy of Bob Heims, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers