Click below to discover more about The Whale Trail sites throughout OR.


The Whale Trail is a collaborative effort. Find out who our OR partners are.


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View our guide on when, where, and how to watch marine animals from shore.

In 2014, the American Cetacean Society Oregon Chapter sponsored a stop on the Orca Tour featuring Erich Hoyt. Yaquinna Head and Don Davis Park in Newport were added to The Whale Trail at that time.

Gray whale, Newport OR

In 2015 we began working with a team led by the Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership, including Oregon State Parks, to add new sites along the Oregon Coast, including Sea Lions Cave.

In 2018, the first Whale Trail sign in Oregon was installed and dedicated at Don Davis Park in Newport.

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Oregon Timeline

June 27, 2005
SRKW Listed as Endangered

SRKW Listed as Endangered

Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are listed as endangered by NOAA Fisheries. If current population trend worsens or stays the same, J, K and L pods could go extinct in as few as 100 years.

May 10, 2014

Orca Tour 2014 Comes to Newport

ACS Oregon sponsors a stop on Orca Tour 2014 featuring Erich Hoyt.

May 11, 2014
First sites in Oregon

First sites in Oregon

Yaquinna Head and Don Davis Park are added to The Whale Trail during Orca Tour 2014.

May 16, 2014
Orca Tour 2014

Orca Tour 2014

TWT produces lecture tour featuring Erich Hoyt. We travel from Saturna BC to Monterey CA – 9 cities, 4 states, 2 countries in 2 weeks. Co-hosted by SIMRES, ACS Oregon, PTMSC, OCNMS, NMS West Coast Region and the Georgia Strait Alliance. We travel with Mike, a life-size replica of J26!

June 8, 2015
Cape Falcon Viewpoint

Partnerships Expand

Joined Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership team including Oregon State Parks to add new sites along Oregon Coast.

August 25, 2015

Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership

The Whale Trail included in signage project on southern Oregon Coast

August 11, 2018

First sign on Oregon Coast

At beautiful Don Davis Park, Partners: American Cetacean Society Oregon Chapter, Hallmark Resorts and City of Newport


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