ADDRESS

P.O. Box 577
Coupeville, WA 98239

HOURS

Open Year Round
24 Hours a Day

CONTACT

(360) 678-5020
Port of Coupeville

AMENITIES

Lodging, Picnic Facilities, Restrooms, Wheelchair Accessible

Founded in 1888 by Captain Thomas Coupe, Coupeville is the second oldest city in Washington State. With its picturesque boardwalk, shops, and Victorian homes, the town is a favorite getaway.

The Whale Trail site in Coupeville is at the Coupeville Wharf.

WHERE THE WHALES ARE

Seals and sea lions can be commonly seen from the Wharf. Gray whales are also occasionally seen. Orca sightings from Coupeville are relatively rare.

However, Coupeville played an important role in our history with orcas. During the 1970s, Coupeville and nearby Penn Cove served as the center for two major capture operations. Lolita, the sole surviving southern resident orca in captivity, was one of seven whales captured at Penn Cove in 1972. She is currently kept at the Miami Seaquarium.

Today the Coupeville Wharf is home to a marine mammals exhibit co-sponsored by the Port of Coupeville and the WSU Extension Beach Watcher’s program. The exhibit features interpretive displays, and skeletons of a juvenile gray whale and a Dall’s porpoise.

WHICH ANIMALS YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE

COMMONLY SEEN

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Each Spring, the town of Coupeville hosts the Penn Cove Water Festival, featuring booths, environmental displays, and canoe races.

MAP AND DIRECTIONS

VIEWING GUIDE

View our guide on how to watch marine animals from shore.

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