In and Around Lincoln Beach/Depoe Bay
Shearwater is located off of Hwy 101 at mile post marker 124.4
South of Shearwater
Shearwater is an excellent place to spot whales. Depoe Bay is approximately 3 miles South of Shearwater. Carrie Newell (541.912.6734) www.oregonwhales.com is a marine biologist who gives whale watching excursions using a zodiac boat. She has written a couple of books on the whales residing in and around the coast of Depoe Bay and Shearwater. Her new museum is South of the bridge on the harbor side of Hwy 101. The regional whale center is located just north of the bridge on the ocean side of Hwy 101. Depoe Bay Bridge is at milepost marker 128.1
Boiler Bay State Park and Fishing Rock Tide Pools
Fishing Rock Point is on the beach ¼ mile south from Shearwater and the rock formation has tide pools of interest. A three block walk from Fishing Rock Point is Jack’s Restaurant. Jack’s is located on Hwy 101 at Fogarty Creek. Boiler Bay State Park (milepost marker 126.4) is at the north entrance of Depoe Bay and is know for the tide pools and a shipwreck leaving ship's boiler on the rocks.
Depoe Bay is the Whale Watching Capitol of the World. The Whale Watching Center for the Washington, Oregon, and Northern California coast is located in Depoe Bay. It is an interpretive center. The center is located on the sea wall north of the bridge (milepost marker 128.1) on Hwy 101 in downtown Depoe Bay. There are four or five restaurants worth mention within walking distance of the center. Thia Bay Restaurant, Tidal Raves, Sea Hag, Spouting Horn and Mazatlan are the more notable restaurants across from the sea wall and along the Depoe Bay harbor.
Cape Foulweather was chosen for the site of one of the Yaquina Lighthouses. It is too high above the ocean for a lighthouse site. Although, it has a spectacular view and a gift shop. Restaurant Beck is at the North foot of Cape Foulweather. The restaurant is a mile or two South of Depoe Bay and 5.4 miles South of Shearwater. The Otter Crest Loop and Rocky Creek Bridge is an alternate route to Cape Foulweather. The loop leaves Hwy 101 at milepost marker 129.8
Lighthouses South of Shearwater.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse mile post marker 137.6 & Yaquina Bay Lighthouse milepost marker 141.9
P.O. Box 410 · Newport, Oregon 97365
Park Hours and Tours 541.574.3100.
Interpretive Stores 541.574.3125
These two lighthouses are south of Shearwater. Szabo’s Restaurant is across from the access road to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Newport Bay Front
The Bay Front in Newport has a variety of activities. It is just east of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and on the North side of the Yaquina Bridge. The bay front area is an active harbor for the Newport Coast Guard and fishing fleet. Rogue Brewry and Local Ocean restaurants are located in this area. A short drive up the Yaquina River is the Oregon Oyster Farm.
The South end of the Yaquina Bridge is another Newport area of interest. The Oregon State University Marine Science Center, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) Pacific Fleet Headquarters are located within blocks of each other. The Lucite tunnel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium offers a spectacular view of sharks and other marine life.
Airplane sightseeing excursions are available at the Newport Airport located on the South side of Newport. Siletz Bay Airport offers this same activity and is located 2 miles North of Shearwater on Hwy 101.
North of Shearwater
Salishan Market Place and Day Spa
Salishan Golf Resort, Market Place and Day Spa (800.452.2300) milepost marker 122.3. They offer a relaxing day get-away and the Market Place at Salishan serves as a gathering point with its coffee shop and deli.
Mossy Creek Pottery and Gallery (541.996.2415) is located a short drive up Immonen Road and ¼ mile past Salishan. Look for their sign on Hwy 101 as you leave the Market Place going North. Alder House glass blowing (541.996.2483) is near Mossy Creek Pottery.
The Taft Area of Lincoln City milepost marker 118.0 is the location of Lincoln City Glass Studio where you can blow your own glass float. Rejuvenation Spa is locate within a block of the Glass Studio.
Spanish Head in the Taft area offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Fathoms Restaurant is perched at the top of the Inn at Spanish Head. Great views and food.
The Tanger Outlest offers 54 stores located at the center of Lincoln City.
The North end of Lincoln City has the Chinook Winds Casino milepost marker 112.9, Golf Course, fitness center and Seafood Grill milepost marker 112.0.
The dunes at Pacific City milepost marker 90.4 and a 4 mile drive up Three Capes Loop. Pacific City is located off of Hwy 101 on Cape Kiwanda.
The Sea Lion Caves milepost 179.3 are 56 miles south of Shearwater and 11 miles North of Florence.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area milepost marker 200.8 is 7 miles South of Florence or approximately 75 miles South of Shearwater.