When planning your trip to Depoe Bay, you won't want to miss these local events that light up our town. We will treat you like family, feed you til you're stuffed and send you home with great memories.
Welcome to Depoe Bay! We are known for many cool things from being the Whale Watching Capital to the World's smallest (and BEST) Harbor. Depoe Bay is unique and we are so happy to share with you.
Whale Watching Capital - Year Round
This cozy town is known as the Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast thanks to a resident pod of gray whales that makes its home offshore from March through December. Catch a view of them from the Whale Watching Center, the many shore observation spots or a charter boat.
World's Smallest & Best Harbor in the US
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. This harbor has also been voted the Best Harbor in the US by USHarbors.com in 2020, 2021 & 2022.
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.
DEPOE BAY EVENTS
Holiday On The Harbor Celebration - December
Visiting our area in the off-season has many opportunities for storm watching, great deals on stays and dining, plus we have added holiday attractions! You can enjoy the Holiday Lights Tour during the month of December. We also creatively light up a "tree" made from stacked and decorated crab pots along the sea wall in Depoe Bay. Our little town is magical every day of the year...but especially during the holiday season!
The Annual Classic Crab Feed is Making a Comeback on Saturday, April 15th! This year we are adding a Chowder Cook-Off. Come help us pick Depoe Bay's Best Chowder. At the crab feed caught Dungeness Crab is cooked to perfection at the Community Hall located near the World's Smallest Harbor. Neighbors for Kids will return with desserts and hot dogs for those landloving eaters.
The local "Hole in the Wall Gang" aka: US Coast Guard Station, Depoe Bay will be on-deck to give tours of their station and boats throughout the day.
Fleet of Flowers - Memorial Day, May
The Entire Fleet of Boats from Depoe Bay Harbor Embark on a Memorial Tour Every Year to remember those lost at Sea. The Fleet of Flowers is an annual event, happening each Memorial Day since 1945, when it was started to remember two local fishermen - Roy Bower and Jack Chambers - who died while attempting to rescue a troller caught in a storm.
Every year since we have gathered to honor those who have been lost at sea. The event has evolved since its conception to include members of the Armed Forces, fishermen, and firefighters who sacrificed their lives to serve others.
A parade of wreath and flower-bedecked boats passes under the Highway 101 bridge, which is lined with spectators. The vessels head just offshore where they form a circle. As they place their flowers in the water a military helicopter drops a wreath in their midst.
For More Information: www.fleetofflowers.org
Depoe Bay Salmon Bake - Cancelled for 2023
Salmon Bake Will return in 2024
History of the Annual Salmon Bake
Depoe Bay's first "Free Fish Fry" back in the 1930's was the beginning of today's annual Salmon Bake. The locals gathered with friends and neighbors to share their own catch and their fish stories.
Over the past 60+ years, this gathering has evolved into the current "Indian Style" Salmon Bake, held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September. Salmon is cooked in the traditional style used for generations by Native Coastal tribes.
Each year, over 1,000 pounds of salmon are slow-roasted to perfection on alder stakes over a 80-foot long fire line. Come enjoy friends and neighbors, live
music, and of course, an amazing salmon meal.