DEPOE BAY, OREGON

New Traditional
Coast Living

Located between Lincoln City and Newport, Depoe Bay is celebrated for whale watching, a charming town atmosphere, and breathtaking views—and it’s soon to be renowned for the new traditional community of Depoe Hills. Explore the possibilities of living in or owning a vacation rental in beautiful Depoe Bay, Oregon. 

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Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay is Oregon Coast living at its finest with its expansive views and charming, tight-knit community. Cross the world’s smallest navigable harbor on the historic Depoe Bay Bridge, visit an eclectic collection of downtown shops, or simply bask in the natural beauty of your surroundings. Whatever you prefer, Depoe Bay has something for everyone. 

OREGON’S WHALE WATCHING CAPITAL

Every year, pods of gray whales migrate through the Oregon Coast, stopping at Depoe Bay for offshore feeding. Depoe Bay’s iconic Whale Watching Center gives residents and visitors alike a front-row seat to their migration. You can watch these massive creatures dive, breach, and lift their tail flukes high above the surf from convenient observation areas along the shore. For a closer glimpse, whale watching charters can safely and responsibly provide residents the thrill of watching them in their natural habitat! 

Fogarty State Park

Nestled along Highway 101 between Depoe Bay and Lincoln City, Fogarty Creek State Park is a hidden gem for coastal adventurers. This idyllic nature area features a gleaming stream flowing into the sea, a grassy day-use area perfect for leisurely picnics, and access to the cliff-rimmed beach. Bring your binoculars to watch seabirds or slow down and spend time exploring the vibrant tidepools.  

View from Depoe Hills Development

BREATHTAKING COASTAL VIEWS

Depoe Bay offers stunning coastal views at every turn. But some of the area’s most breathtaking views are off the beaten path. Watch the dramatic surf crash and roil against the blackened rock cliffs of South Point. Take in views of the Pacific Ocean from 500 feet above sea level at the Cape Foulweather historic site. Stop by the extensive Beverly Beach, just 5 miles south on Highway 101, where the Otter Rock State Scenic Viewpoint overlooks the sometimes-wild Devil’s Punchbowl. Or go bird-watching at Boiler Bay State Park, one of the best places in Oregon to see shearwaters, albatrosses, pelicans, loons, and oystercatchers.

Otter holding baby in Depoe Bay water

Otter Rock Marine Reserve

NEARBY WILDLIFE VIEWING AREAS

While you can almost always see whales frolicking in the bay, other wildlife viewing opportunities abound in and around Depoe Bay. Enjoy views of Whale Cove from the state park’s scenic viewpoint. Just two miles south of downtown, the Cove is protected habitat for nesting seabirds and provides a resting and pupping habitat for harbor seals year-round. Want to get closer to the sealife? At the Otter Rock Marine Reserve, you can explore tidepools and view seals basking on the rocks.

Shark swimming overhead at Newport Oregon Aquarium
NEWPORT AQUARIUM

Located in Newport Oregon, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is at the center of marine education and a top attraction on the Oregon Coast. Visitors can immerse themselves in the mystery of Oregon’s thriving oceans. Laugh as otters, seals, and penguins playfully scamper around their spacious exhibits. Watch toothy sharks glide noiselessly through their ocean kingdom as you stroll underwater walkways. Or get a hands-on experience of wondrous wildlife at the Touch Pool. However you choose to experience the Oregon Coast Aquarium, you’re sure to learn something new with every visit.

Depoe Bay Harbor Bridge

ICONIC NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

With its dramatic seaside cliffs, panoramic views, and beautiful beaches, the Oregon coast stretches the imagination. Depoe Bay serves as an ideal jumping-off point for nature enthusiasts eager to experience the grandeur of the surrounding natural areas. Whether you’re whale watching at Boiler Bay State Park, exploring basalt outcrops of Cape Foulweather, or exploring the tidepools on the north side of Devil’s Punchbowl, you’re sure to see a whole new side of Oregon when you call Depoe Bay home. 

Depoe Bay Harbor Bridge with boats

Depoe Bay Harbor

WORLD’S SMALLEST NAVIGABLE HARBOR

The 50-foot-wide channel beneath Depoe Bay Bridge has a particular honor: it’s known as the world’s smallest harbor. Technically, it’s the smallest navigable natural harbor. But, no matter what you call it, the harbor is a beloved treasure trove of things to do in Depoe Bay. The tiny harbor is home to a small fishing fleet and whale watching boats. Companies like Dockside Charters and Tradewinds Charters have been a thriving part of the community for years. 

If you’ve ever watched One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, odds are good that you’ve seen the harbor already! The Depoe Bay harbor was featured prominently in the film when Jack Nicholson’s character staged an escape from the hospital and led his fellow patients to the harbor.

Depoe Bay colorful storefronts
CHARMING COMMUNITY & LOCAL SHOPS

Despite its small-town atmosphere, Depoe Bay offers a delightfully diverse selection of restaurants, shops, and things to do. In addition to delicious food and drink, it’s recognized for having some of Oregon’s best brews, award-winning wines, and top-notch chowder. So grab some fish and chips for lunch, browse through 3+ blocks of local shops, and rejuvenate with a wine tasting or flight of craft beer. Your new favorite hidden gem is just waiting to be discovered. 

Woman in orange shirt walking brown dog on Depoe Bay beach
AGATE HUNTING AROUND DEPOE BAY

Oregon’s coast is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, and there’s no shortage of adventure opportunities in and around Depoe Bay. For those who want a gorgeous natural keepsake, there’s nothing more thrilling than scooping an agate out of the sand. The beaches near Depoe Bay are a well-known agate-hunting location. Beachcombers can also find jasper, invertebrate fossils, and a colorful collection of sea glasses. According to locals, the best treasure hunting spots are Beverly Beach, Moolack Beach, and Fogarty Beach. 

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Parks and Trails
South Depoe Bay Creek Nature Trail
Rocky Creek Falls
Depoe Bay Bea
Depoe Bay State Park
Depoe Bay Scenic Park
Depoe Bay Scenic View Area
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area
Fishing Rock State Recreation Site
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
Fogarty Creek Beach
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Lincoln City and Newport

Where Adventure Awaits

Depoe Bay is conveniently located between Lincoln City and Newport, two of the Oregon Coast’s most popular destinations. With its flair for the offbeat, Lincoln City invites visitors to enjoy kite festivals, glass blowing demonstrations, saltwater taffy, and music festivals. To the south, Newport features innovative restaurants, eclectic shops, and dozens of hidden gems. Visit the most walkable beach on the Oregon coastline in Lincoln City, or stop by Newport to spend an afternoon at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. When you call Depoe Bay home, you’re always a “stones’ throw” away from your next big adventure. 

Images of Newport and Lincoln City landscapes near Depoe Bay

INSPIRED LIVING

In Depoe Bay, Oregon

We hope we’ve inspired you to consider making the move to Depoe Bay! Whether you’re looking for a place to call home seasonally or a full-time residence, Depoe Hills is Oregon Coast living at its best. Contact us to learn more about buying a home, lot, or vacation rental right here in Depoe Bay.