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Whaleshead Beach

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Whaleshead Beach

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  • A view to Whaleshead Beach from the parking lot.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Life in the tidepool at Whaleshead Beach.- Whaleshead Beach
  • A large cave with a "window" at Whaleshead Beach.- Whaleshead Beach
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  • The picnic area at Whaleshead Beach.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Wild flowers at Whaleshead Beach.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Sea Gulls flocking to Whaleshead Beach.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Indian paintbrush growing at Whaleshead Beach.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Whaleshead Beach at dusk from a viewpoint above the parking lot.- Whaleshead Beach
  • The tide coming in at Whaleshead Beach.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Whaleshead Beach sunset over a small creek.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Whaleshead Beach sunset.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Whaleshead Beach sunset.- Whaleshead Beach
  • Whaleshead Beach sunset.- Whaleshead Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views and expansive beach area.
Cons: 
Slightly rough access road.
Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Beach:
Open, sandy beach, Pebbly Beach, Rocky Shore
Tide pools: 
Yes
Wildlife: Seabirds
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Rain until afternoon.
57°F
45°

Thu

Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
58°F
42°

Fri

Clear throughout the day.
62°F
42°

Sat

Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
62°F
47°

Sun

Light rain in the morning.
58°F
48°

Mon

Mostly cloudy until evening and breezy starting in the evening.
58°F
48°

Tue

Partly cloudy throughout the day and breezy starting in the afternoon.
61°F
47°
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Whaleshead Beach is a sandy, wide beach, even at high tide.  It is also one of the longer beaches along the Oregon coast. The destination offers vaulted toilets at the parking area, numerous tree-shaded picnic tables and access to multiple viewpoints overlooking the rocky coastline. Whaleshead Beach also provides some fun features for families such as tidepools, multiple shallow creeks cutting across the sandy beach, and a large cave with a “window” that frames a view of the coast to the south. 

In addition to these features, the Oregon Coast Trail crosses the beach. Following the trail to the south will lead you to House Rock, while following the trail to the north will lead to Indian Sands.

The location was given its name because of the “whale spout” that can be spotted just off shore. The largest sea stack at the beach, when hit with the right wave, will spray a large stream of misty water that resembles a whale spout.

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