Why we Choose to #Optoutside

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There are many reasons we love the Oregon Coast, one of those being the endless outdoor activities in Depoe Bay. So, #optoutside this holiday season with these local Oregon Coast activities in Depoe Bay.


Storm watching

During the fall and winter seasons drizzly rain, billowing black clouds, and strong storm surges greet the Oregon coastline. As winter storms batter the coast, watching the waves crash against looming rocky cliffs is an unforgettable sight. Head out to Depoe Bay’s Boiler Bay or Devil’s Punch Bowl for a front row show!

Whale watching

Starting in December through March, the gray whales start to migrate along the Oregon Coast, making whale watching a favorite thing to do in Depoe Bay. Whale watching is a great activity that can be enjoyed outside from the privacy of your own balcony at Channel House or at any of the coast’s scenic viewpoints. Or take your outdoor adventure off-shore and hop on a whale watching tour to see the whales up-close. Be sure to also stop in at the Whale Watch Center, located right here in Depoe Bay, for a great way to learn more about these beautiful animals.

Visit Otter Rock Marine Reserve

Head south about 10 minutes from Depoe Bay and you will come across the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. As Oregon’s smallest marine reserve at 1.2 square miles, visitors can explore tidepools, view barking seals, and take a walk along the sandy beaches of Beverly Beach State Park. The reserve area can be accessed through the Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.

Bird watching

Nestled in the heart of Oregon’s central coast, Depoe Bay has several opportunities to view a variety of birds. With tidal estuaries, sandy beaches, and active sand dunes dotted by a few rocky outcroppings, make the area an ideal spot for viewing feathered friends. Fogarty Creek State Park, Depoe Bay Seawall and Whale Watching Center, Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint, and Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint are all great for bird watching.


Test your skills and head out with your board for surfing along the Oregon Coast. Surfing can be enjoyed year-round along the coast but requires a bit more precaution during the winter months with harsh storms that often hit the coastline. Otter Rock and Devil’s Punchbowl State Park are two great areas near Depoe Bay for surfing, particularly for beginners.


There is a wide variety of options when it comes to hiking near Depoe Bay. From long, leisurely walks to more challenging hikes, there is something for everyone. Be sure to regularly check the weather and bring appropriate clothing with on your hike, a rain jacket is always recommended. See our list of favorite places to hike near Depoe Bay.


Scenic accommodations in Depoe Bay, OR

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Channel House

Enjoy the best of the outdoors at Channel House. Nestled amongst the beautiful scenery of the Oregon Coast, Channel House offers undeniable views of Depoe Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Couples will enjoy coastal sunsets, whale watching, and cool ocean breezes all from the comfort of your room’s balcony. So, come and enjoy all the outdoor activities Depoe Bay has to offer and book your stay with Channel House!


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