Whale Watching Report

The end of 2020 & into hopefully a better time in 2021

December 29, 2020

As we wind down the end of this crazy year, we wanted to give our amazing customers a quick update.  Due to restrictions set in place by the Governor of Oregon, and the “Extreme High Risk” category that our county is currently in, we are unable to run any trips.

In order to be in compliance with current mandates and ensure the safety of our customers and staff we are currently on hold until some restrictions are lifted in the county.  We appreciate your understanding and hope that you know that we are  anxiously awaiting being able to get you out on your next excursion as soon as it can be done safely.

Happy Holidays and a Great New Years from Tradewinds Depoe Bay

December 14, 2020

Winter whale watching week

December 11, 2020

Gray whales will be on the move along the Oregon coast headed south to their winter grounds off of Baja California, Mexico.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department annual winter Whale Watching Week is  Dec. 27-31. You should be able to spot them from the coastline.  Best to have a pair of binoculars with you.  There will be no volunteers at the state parks this winter due to the Coronavirus.

The Tradewinds boats on nice days will be taking folks out to see them beginning in the late morning.  After Christmas give our office a call to make reservations.

From All Of Us @ Tradewinds Depoe Bay

November 22, 2020

The Fall Whale Season Is Upon Us

September 20, 2020

Fall Whale Watch Season

Most of the whale watch activity now that we begin the fall season will be occurring on the weekend dates so we will have reports for you from time to time when there is something to report.  You can expect the whales to be in the area probably thru the middle to late October historically and then they will make the southern turn to follow the migration down to the Mexican waters for the winter.

Saturday September 19th whale watch report

September 19, 2020

Had really good whale watching today as the fog cleared by very early afternoon and the whales were just to the north of the harbor entrance out about a half mile.  The whales put on a really good show diving in and out of the kelp beds and sometimes came up with kelp draped across there backs.  Quite a good show.

Whale Watching September 15th

September 16, 2020

We finally after over a week off from the Oregon fires which produced lots of smoke on the coast got out to look for the whales today.  No one had seem any for that whole week as the smoke prevented us from even seeing them from the shoreline.  We had problems finding any whales today even though we did potentially see a spout at a distance but were never able to find them.  Good ocean weather all the way thru next weekend so hopefully tomorrow will be better day.

Friday September 11th special notice

September 11, 2020

Tradewinds boats will be closed down for the entire weekend the office just announced this morning.  There is still smoke in the area and enough which might make some people feel uncomfortable being out in it.  Probably more important your only way into Depoe Bay would be from the south as highway 18 and points north are still closed.  We are hoping to resume operations by Monday.

Thursday September 10th special notice #2

September 10, 2020

Not only do we have issues with travel and air quality but now the phone lines are down in the Depoe Bay area and we don’t have access to the mailbox or phone messages and can’t make outgoing calls as well.  Verizon wireless seems to be down in the area as well.  Please be patient while these issues in the Oregon area are resolved.

We will update as we can.

Thursday September 10th special notice

Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be closed today (Thursday) and Friday for all ocean activities due to the continuing issue with air quality and access to the coastal regions.  We are still experiencing air quality issues and getting to Depoe Bay especially out of the north is very difficult at this time.  We will keep you abreast. of the issues as they happen and are hopeful for some good news for the weekend.

Wednesday September 9th special notice

September 9, 2020

Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be closed on Thursday, September 9th for whale watching due to the Hazardous Air Quality alerts in our area.  We are hopeful with some changes in wind direction late tonight that we might able to whale watch again  Friday, September 11th.  All is subject to change however so please stay in touch with us on this website and thru our office.

Tuesday September 8th special notice

September 8, 2020

Special notice to our customers:

We were closed down today and we will not be running any fishing or whale watch charters on Wednesday due to the smoke from all of the fires in the Oregon area.  We are planning on having someone in the office tomorrow as today it was closed due to the poor air quality in Depoe Bay (Lincoln County, Oregon).  We are planning if the air quality improves to resume activities on Thursday and will keep you up-to-date when we have additional information.

Monday September 7th whale watch report

Happy Labor Day folks.  The whale watching was good today except for the final trip of the day.  We were seeing whales on all of the trips but at the start of the final trip of the day the fog came back in and the windy/choppy ocean increased some and we just could not find the whales.  There were approximately 10-12 vessels out there looking and not anyone was able to sight one.  Tomorrow is another day.

September 3rd whale watch report

September 3, 2020

The past few days we have cancelled whale watch trips due to very rough and windy ocean conditions.  Today the ocean is coming down to begin a nice stretch of nice weather beginning  tomorrow and we are planning on running trips.  The ocean weather looks good thru at least the middle of next week.

Whale watch report August 28th

August 28, 2020

It was another good day to be on a whale watch vessel with Tradewinds with quite a few whales in the area as I heard 5+ to  be exact.  They were putting on good shows for our guests with tail shots and lots of spouts.

Sunday August 23rd whale watch report

August 23, 2020

Up to three whales in the vicinity today mostly just north along the shoreline about a half mile out.  Reports said that the whales here today were putting on great shows for the folks.  Later in the afternoon the winds came up ending our day about an hour short.

Sunday August 16th whale watch report

August 16, 2020

Nothing has changed for the past 5-6 weeks as we have whales in the area feeding around the Depoe Bay area.  Today there was a really good whale out front of the city showing tail shots every time it dived.  There are good and not-so-good whales as the good ones put on cool shows where the not-so-good ones are a little shy.

Wednesday August 12th whale watching

August 12, 2020

Back on the water after a few days off due to adverse ocean conditions and the whales are still out there doing what they do–feeding.  Quite a few out there both north and south of the buoys and heard there were a lot of tail shots today.  The weather thru the weekend sounds really nice so come on down.

Tuesday August 11th whale report

Another sit-on the beach day for the Tradewinds vessels as the ocean waters were worse today then they were on Monday.  That would be the bad news but the good news is that in the summer the ocean goes from not good to good overnight and that is what will occur for tomorrow.  Boats will be going out around the noon hour.

Monday August 10th whale watching

August 10, 2020

No whale watch trips today due to rough ocean conditions.  Things look much better beginning Wednesday.

Sunday August 9th whale watch report

August 9, 2020

We have had great whale watching this summer on a continuous basis for over a month and a half now but today the ocean waters which are very choppy forced us off the waters.  We will se what tomorrow brings.

Wednesday August 5th whale watch report

August 5, 2020

It’s Wednesday and the last update was this past Sunday and nothing has changed except possibly another whale joined the mix.  There are probably at least a half dozen of them around in the are which do not leave as they found a good feeding ground right here in Depoe Bay.  We run daily trips beginning around the noon hour or so and we do take reservations.  I would tell you that your chances of seeing whale(s) are 100% but I can’t as once in a rare occurrence they disappear and might be out of our eyesight for a day but that rarely happens.

Sunday August 2nd whale report

August 2, 2020

We update this report every few days and nothing has changed with quite a few whales around Depoe Bay and very easily found on a 1-hour trip.  They are loads of fun to see as they feed in the ocean waters around the Depoe Bay area.  Come on down and see them and call the office so you get the reservation and the time that works best for you.  

Wednesday July 29th report

July 29, 2020

Three whales in the area today and all trips out today had great sightings and lots of fun viewing the whales feeding in the local area.  The next five days all look like some of the best weather we have had all summer with very little wind, no rain and calm seas so a great time to come down and go out with Tradewinds and see the whales.

Thursday July 23rd whale report

July 24, 2020

Lots of whales in the area today with whales located right outside of the city about a half mile out and whales both north and south of the city.  Great whale watching on a great ocean.

Tuesday whale watch report

July 21, 2020

Three whales were in our area this afternoon as the boats in semi-choppy conditions wee able to locate them on all of the trips.  We even found them on the last trip of the day in the fog.

Monday report

No whale watching Monday due to rough ocean conditions.  We will see what happens today.

Saturday July 18th whale watch report

July 18, 2020

We have multiple boats out on the Gray whale grounds this afternoon and they are out there doing what they do all day long and probably in the night as well.


Its a good time to come down as there are quite a few in the area so you get to see different whales doing things a little different then the others.

Tuesday July 14th report

July 14, 2020

There are a number of whales out there and have been out front of the city for some time now feeding in the inshore waters just off the coastline.  They will be here thru the summer into the fall period so anytime you want to come it is a good time with a very high chance of seeing them.  Today  there are three within five minutes of the harbor entrance so you get to spend almost the entire hour trip watching them feed and do there thing.

Will update in a few days if there are any new happenings.

July 10th update

July 10, 2020

Just a quick mention to the great weather we have been having and quite a few whales around so this picture was taken on where we are finding them feeding which is right out front of Depoe Bay.  Its right outside city center and lots of cruise boats out there looking at them.

July 9th report

Its that time of the year where I will be repeating the same thing every day on the whale watch reports as every day here the past 2-3 weeks we have seen whales on all the trips.  The resident whales have arrived and your chances of seeing whales if you come down are very good and maybe better then that.  So I will be updating the whale watch sight every 3-4 days unless I have something special to report.

Wednesday July 8th whale watch report

July 9, 2020

Lots of whales around the Depoe Bay area and as they usually are this time of year they are very close to the Depoe Bay harbor so most  of the hour trip you will be seeing whales.

Sunday July 5th whale watch report

July 5, 2020

Lots of whale sightings out there today as from the shoreline we were noticing whale watch vessels right out front early in the day and then they moved some to the south and others to the north.  Great weather suppose to last all the way thru this next week so its a great time to come down and see some whales.

4th of July whale watching

July 4, 2020

It is a beautiful day at the Oregon Coast and several whales are on full display outside of Depoe Bay and putting on good shows.  The 2nd trip of the day with 3-Tradewinds boats whale watching today they were right out in front of the harbor out by the entrance buoy with a crowd of people social distancing not only on the vessels but on the sidewalks watching the same show from afar.  A good day indeed.

Happy Birthday America Folks. Hope you and your family have a great day.

July 3, 2020

Friday July 3rd whale sightings

Good sightings on the whales today out there and lots of customers boarding three Tradewinds boats to go out and see them.  One of the whale reports we heard is that one of them was a very large one which was quite  larger then all of the rest of them.

Whale sightings July 2nd

July 2, 2020

There were tons of whales out there today as actually there were only two we had good sightings on.  They put on a good show for the folks onboard so it was a good day on a sunny nice ocean.

Whale Watching June 30

July 1, 2020

Lots of whale watch trips out today as we had to use three vessels to accommodate everyone.  We found whales on all of the trips from the chatter on the radio as they were found north and south of the city.  Good shows put on by the resident whales.

Monday whale watch report (6/29)

June 29, 2020

Another day stuck on the beach with very tough ocean conditions out there so another day of cancelled trips.  Very unusual to have multiple days of heavy swells out there this time of year but 2020 has been a unusual year.  The good news is that it is coming down and the forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday) is much better.  Lets wait and see what tomorrow brings.  The weekend right now looks beautiful.

Sunday (6/28) whale watching

June 28, 2020

Were taking a day off today as the ocean conditions are not ideal for taking passengers out on this day.  Hopefully will see you tomorrow.

Saturday whale watch report (6/27)

June 27, 2020

Lots of whales out there today including a cow and a calf going by.  The residents seem to be here as we had whale sightings putting on good shows both north and south of the harbor.  The operators had to choose which way to go.  Its good finally to have a good number of them here in the area.  The fishing boats also saw a few north up off of Lincoln City and they will be making there way down towards us in there feeding patterns.

Friday fishing report (6/26)

June 26, 2020

Did not hear any specific reports but the totes were full of fresh fish cascaras  and there were a good number of Lingcod in those totes as well.  Crabbing was still good but down from the past week or so probably because of the windy and current out there today.

Good Whale Watching Friday (6/26)

We had mid-morning whale watching because we have had quite the windy afternoons  the past few days. Having the morning trips proved to be successful as we had whales right out in front of the harbor on the first trip of the day.  The whales for the next two trips moved to the northern side of Depoe Bay but we still found them as they were moving and feeding.

Thursday Whale Watch Report (6/25)

We had two boats out today in the early afternoon and we were able to find whales on a very choppy afternoon ocean.  We cancelled the rest of the days activities as it was just not comfortable for the folks onboard.  We will try again tomorrow.

Whale Watching in the fog (6/24)

June 25, 2020

Ir was a semi-foggy day off of Depoe Bay today but somehow our operators were able to locate a couple of whales even in the fog. There are multiple boats out there and some whale watching Zodiac’s and they all spread out and when they find one they call the Calvary in. So even on flat ocean foggy days we can find them.

Monday whale watching (6/22)

June 22, 2020

On the first trip out on Monday we did see whales just little on the north side of Depoe Bay with more trips to come. It appears finally that we can say after a week or more of whale sightings that the resident whales are back and we should have good sightings for the rest of the summer. At least we hope so.

Also today lots of pods of Humpback whales spotted about 1-mile to 3-miles offshore as that migration begins to drive by the Depoe Bay area on the way up to the Alaskan waters.

Whales on Sunday (6/210

June 21, 2020

HAPPY FATHERS DAY out there for all you dads and we hope you are having a great day.

The whales were right outside the harbor about half way to the bell buoy which made sighting today very good.

Saturday June 20th Whale Watch Report

June 20, 2020

We did see whales today we was told on the majority of the trips with visibility limited due to wet weather and some hazy fog.

Thursday (6/18) whale watching report

June 19, 2020

We did have a single whale out there this afternoon but with strong NW winds around the area it made it difficult to get real good sightings. Better weather expected tomorrow.

A few whales North and South of the city Wednesday (6/17)

June 17, 2020

It looks like a few of the resident whales are beginning to show up now as we had 2-3 of them in different spots to the North of the harbor entrance and also to the South of the entrance. They were out there feeding so hopefully they will be joined soon by more of the yearly resident whales we see every year in the area.

No WW Today (6/16)

June 16, 2020

A little to much swell this afternoon for any successful whale watching so we will re-group for tomorrow. See ya then.

Monday Whale Watching (6/15)

June 15, 2020

We did see a whale on the 2nd cruise of the day today but not on the 1st cruise. Still not a great many whales around yet but the passed few days has been encouraging that the resident whales might be stating to show up in the area.

Good News Finally

June 14, 2020

Hey Folks, we had WHALES today. There were as many as three of them out there roaming and feeding in the area so we are hopeful that this might mean our resident whales are beginning to show back up.

Still Waiting…

June 11, 2020

I heard that they caught a glimpse of one in the distance today out there but nothing they were able to get up on for some good sightings. The resident whales will be here as they normally are after June 20th or so but we normally have others going by at this time especially cows and calves. We will let you know.

Ocean Weather Forecast

June 9, 2020

Today (Tuesday 6/9) is a miserable day at the coast (rain and wind) and not a boat in the harbor is and or will be moving. But as summer ocean weather goes tomorrow looks and forecasted to be nice and this will last at least thru the weekend. Come on down and go whale watching with us.

“Hit & Miss” Whale Watching right now

June 6, 2020

The past 10-days we have had days when we have not seen any whales and other days when we have seen them on all of the daily trips. Other days we see them on one trip and not on the next trip. W expect the resident whales will be here very soon as they have historically over the many years in there past and then it will be many sightings daily and lots for the folks to have memories about. As for right now….”Hit & Miss”.

Whale sightings on Wednesday

June 4, 2020

To be honest probably should report that it should be “whale in the area” as we did see a whale on all of our trips. We found one quite a ways south of the Depoe Bay harbor and then probably the same one on trips later in the day moving north. By the time the day was over for cruises the whale was right out in front of the city. It is still a few weeks early for the resident whales to show up and by then we will have historically plenty of them in our area.

Some bad weather but back on the water Sunday

May 30, 2020

After several days of stormy-windy weather we will be back on the water Sunday afternoon. It also looks like a nice week coming up as well so maybe some better late spring & pre-summer weather is upon us. We are open 7-days a week so give us a call for some exciting whale watching.

Memorial Day Remembrance

May 25, 2020

The annual Depoe Bay Fleet of Flowers was cancelled this year due to Covid-19 but one of our vessels took some folks out to remember loved ones and say thanks to the armed force of our country.

Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day is a sacred day in our country’s history and we honor all our military heroes, past and present and we hope that al of you will honor them on this very special day. It is also a great time to honor all of our health care workers across the country for their sacrifices especially in these past three months in protecting all of us. Have a great Memorial Day everyone.

Sunday whale watching

May 24, 2020

After the first two trips today on a beautiful afternoon ocean it was a great day to be on a boat off of Depoe Bay but we have not seen any whales so far on this day with one more trip to go. A little strange that we have not seen any for this time of year especially after a decent sightings yesterday. Lots of sea birds and sea lions out there but the Gray whales scarce today.

Whales in the area

We had two trips Saturday out looking for whales and on the first trip we had two whales out there that put on a really good show for the folks onboard. The wind came up on the 2nd trip and we did see some spouts but it was difficult viewing with the wind chop in the middle of the afternoon Saturday.

Tradewinds Depoe Bay Whale Watch Re-opening

May 16, 2020

Tradewinds Depoe Bay is re-opening for business on Friday, May 22nd for whale watching trips.  For times, reservations and information please contact our office at 541-765-2345.

Due to present requirements by the State of Oregon Tradewinds will be boarding considerably less people on all of our whale watch excursions for your protection and safety as well as our crews.  Unfortunately at this time, we cannot honor discount coupons or free children rates.   Under-12 age rates will have the same rate as published until further notice.  Thank you for understanding. 

We are determined to not only make your excursion memorable with lots of whale sightings but also most importantly make your trips as safe as we possibly can.  Face coverings and social distancing will be required on all of our vessels.  

Tradewinds Depoe Bay Re-Opening

May 8, 2020

The State of Oregon has begun to put forth some information to the counties around Oregon and Tradewinds Depoe Bay is beginning to put together our business program for a successful and safe opening we hope will be coming soon.  That exact date of start-up is not known completely right now but we will be giving you that information on this website ASAP.  We are taking reservations for the summer so give our office a call to reserve your dates.  Rest assure, Tradewinds will be doing all that we can do to make sure that your fishing or whale watch trip is not only successful and exciting but also as safe as we possibly can keeping in mind the state and federal guidelines.  

Tradewinds COVID-19 Update

April 1, 2020

To update our good friends of Tradewinds Depoe Bay out there we originally wrote that we would re-evaluate the situation on April 1st.  The company has decided that because of the state and national COVID-19 regulations that we will remain closed at least till May 1st.  We will re-evaluate at that time. Please stay home and be safe.

COVID-19: A message from Tradewinds Depoe Bay

March 21, 2020

To all our valued customers:

Due to the increasing concerns regarding COVID-19, beginning March 22nd, Tradewinds Charters of Depoe Bay has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend fishing and whale watching trips until April 1st. Tradewinds has been abiding by all recommendations from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority, practicing social distancing, increased sanitization measures, and limiting groups of people to less than twenty. An example of the issues we are facing is that it is extremely difficult to aid customers with social distancing on whale watching excursions, especially when whales are sighted. Our office will remain open to take reservations for after April 1st.


Please take a deep breath, step back, and look at the bigger picture of what’s truly happening in the world around us. Fear, panic, and misinformation is being spread like wildfire through all platforms of the media, as well as our own government officials. Please remain calm, be compassionate, and maintain a sense of dignity. This pandemic is a very real and serious issue that needs to be addressed, and we hope that the virus is contained and eliminated as soon as possible. Common sense, washing your hands, and staying home if you’re exhibiting symptoms of illness should be the current norm. We believe the economic crisis will eclipse this pandemic in the near future. We urge everyone to remember that the pandemic will eventually end, but the consequences of this economic crisis will be long-lasting. Our nation will be dealing with critical supply shortages, food shortages, high unemployment, and families will be struggling economically to pay their bills.


In times such as these, we all need to come together within our communities. We have already seen companies in this industry blaming each other, and arguing over who’s “more” responsible or who’s doing the “right” thing. The truth is, none of us knows what the “right” thing to do is during this time. Our own government officials are telling us that the information they have on COVID-19 is primarily based on what little information is available, not research. It is important for all of us to come together, support each other the best we can during these difficult times, and remember that a healthy society and community is built on compassion and common sense.


The Harmon Family will re-evaluate this decision in the coming days, and will announce when fishing and whale watching trips will be resuming again. The Tradewinds Captains, Crew, and Staff all hope to get you out on the ocean very soon! In the meantime, we hope everyone out there stays healthy and safe.


Friday whale watch report

Did not receive a report for this day but we were running trips all day long and I saw the boats going in the same direction all day long.  So we are going to assume from the past week or so of really good sightings that it was the case today as well.  Hope to do better tomorrow.

Terrific whale watching Thursday

March 19, 2020

Two boats out today whale watching and they came upon a pod 6-7 whales moving quickly to the north and they put-on a great show.  Whale watching is really good right now as the northerly migration moves to the north and we are keeping our numbers down on the boats so there is lots of room to be separated from others for your safety.

Another good day with the whales

March 16, 2020

The northerly migration is in full swing with excellent sightings again today with blue skies and calm seas.  This is really a great time to watch the whales maybe not as good as summer but certainly better then the southerly migration in December and January where weather gets in our way quite often.  They are moving north and an accelerated clip but there are well over 20,000 of them on the migration so they will be going by here for several months with the cows and the calves the last to go by.  Come on down and see the whales on a Tradewinds vessel.

Northerly migration underway

We had two boats out today looking for whales and both boats on there two trips each found whales.  The Whales are beginning the journey north where most end up in the Alaskan waters but a good many of them stop off here along the Oregon Coast to feed and many of them stay here for the summer.  Its just a good place for them to feed so it is a great time to see the migration as it moves North.  Weather for most of the next week seems to be really good so its a good time to come down and see the migrating whales.

Central Oregon Sportsman Show

March 10, 2020

The Central Oregon Sportsman Show is coming up this week for all of you folks over there in the Central Oregon area and we hope to see you all there this Thursday thru Sunday, March 12-15 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be there with coupons and lots of information about fishing and whale watching.  Drop by and say hello.

Idaho Sportsman Show

March 2, 2020

The Idaho Sportsman Show is coming up this week for all of you folks over there in the Idaho area and we hope to see you all there this Thursday thru Sunday, March 5-8 at the Expo Center in Boise, Idaho. Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be there with coupons and lots of information about fishing and whale watching.  Drop by and say hello.

Portland Sportsman Show

February 4, 2020

Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be at the annual Portland Sportsman Show beginning Wednesday, February 5th thru Sunday February 9th at the Portland ExpoCenter.  Drop by our booth say hello and gather up some good information and some valuable coupons for the 2020 season.  Hope to see you there.