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Depoe Bay is located in Lincoln County. Nestled right on the Pacific Ocean, it captures the quintessential beauty of the Oregon Coast. Since a pod of grey whales lives just off the shore of Depoe Bay, it is known far and wide as a prime whale watching area. Unfurtunately, Depoe Bay doesn’t have its own veterinary clinic. If your pup is feeling under the weather, canine care is 20 minutes away in either Lincoln City or Newport.
Treat your dog to an afternoon in one of Depoe Bay’s pawsome parks. At the end of the grassy area in City Park, you’ll find the Nature Trailhead. Follow this path into the lush forest so your pup can enjoy some peace and quiet while reveling in natural beauty.
Scenic Park sits right on the coast and, as its name suggests, provides puptastic views of the ocean and the rocky beaches. Stroll around the grounds with your furry BFF then sit on one of the benches and gaze out at the ocean.
Whale Park is right in downtown Depoe Bay. It’s on the smaller side and is mostly paved with a few benches for whale watching. This is a great spot to paws for a rest while you’re walking around town with your pup.
With amazing ocean views, whale watching galore, and furrific parks, it’s no wonder dogs love Depoe Bay!
Depoe Bay has a couple claims to fame that are worth checking out. It has the “World’s Smallest Navigable Harbor.” Take a stroll around the 5.5 acre harbor with your pup so he can check out the fishing boats and bask in the picturesque scenery. You’ll also see the impressive bridge that stretches across the bay. Since a long sea wall runs the entire length of downtown, a unique feature not found in any other Oregon coastal community, you’ll enjoy stunning ocean views as you walk with your pooch and visit the shops in the area. He’ll also have plenty of opportunity to meet the locals and socialize with the out of towners.
If you and your pup need a place to stay while in Depoe Bay, make a reservation at Inn at Arch Rock. It’s nestled on top of a bluff overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. For just a small pet fee, you can unwind in one of the dog friendly rooms with your furry traveling companion. He’ll be welcomed with a gift basket containing towels, clean up bags, treats, and a bowl. Three cheers for dog loving hotels! If you need a little afternoon pick-me-up, stop by Pirate Coffee and order cappuccino or iced latte. Get your java to go, or hang out with your pooch at one of the patio tables.
If your dog is aching for some outdoor adventure, make your way over to Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area. Located in the neighboring community of Lincoln Beach, it’s only five minutes north of Depoe Bay. Leash up your pup and explore the spot where Fogarty Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. She’ll love trotting around the sandy beach and dipping her paws in the sea. Look for signs of sea life, or hunt for sand dollars and seashells. A short walk through the surrounding Sitka spruce, pine, and alder will reinvigorate her spirits. No doubt about it, this beach will make her tail wag!
The Gleneden Beach State Recreation Site is conveniently located just 10 minutes north of Depoe Bay in Lincoln Beach. If your dog loves frolicking on expansive sandy beaches, she’ll absolutely be in heaven! She’ll have plenty of room to roam and the pine forest on top of the orange sandstone bluffs add to the beach’s beauty. Since it’s not rocky, this is a great beach for walking and running. You can walk a couple miles north to Salishan Spit, just be sure to not let your four legged friend disturb the sea lions that may be resting in the area. Picnic tables area available, so bring a sandwich and some biscuits for your dog and stick around for lunch.
Otter Rock is 10 minutes south of Depoe Bay and is well worth a visit. You’ll have plenty to see and do in this little town. Devil’s Punch Bowl is a pupular attraction in the area. Waves crash into a large naturally carved rock bowl and create a frothy whirlpool. Check it out with your pup before following a side trail down to the beach for an afternoon walk. The Otter Rock Marine Garden is another pawsome spot. Roam around this beach with your pup and find the tidepools so he can look at all the sea creatures. On any given day you can see starfish, crabs, octopus, sea urchins and much more.
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