Depoe Bay is a tiny town with a tiny harbor. A 50-foot-wide channel cuts 300 feet through rocky shoreline to connect the Pacific with a harbor that’s only 750 feet long, 390 feet wide, and 8 feet deep at mean low tide. Nevertheless, more than one hundred commercial and sport boats are moored here all year, and another 150 crowd in during the summer. The attraction, of course, is the proximity of the ocean—from dock to sea in two minutes. Depoe Bay, often referred to as the “whale watching capitol of Oregon,” offers some of the most inspiring ocean vistas along the coast. Sharp-eyed film buffs will recognize the harbor, which was featured in the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on the novel by Oregon author Ken Kesey.
This is where Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) took his fellow escapees aboard a charter boat and headed out for a day of salmon fishing. U.S. 101 is close to the ocean at Depoe Bay, where storm-tossed breakers wet the pavement and promenade and shoot misty geysers 60 feet into the air through spouting horns. Two such natural fountains exist in the volcanic rubble next to the seawall in downtown Depoe Bay. This eTrail includes information on lodging, campgrounds, RV parks, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and outdoor activities near this coastal city.
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