Depoe Bay, Oregon: World's Smallest Harbor

An adorable pocket parking pond for ships that covers only six acres.

Address:
US Hwy 101, Depoe Bay, OR
Directions:
Just south of Depoe Bay State Park to the east of US Hwy 101. Sign is in front of the Whale Watching Center.
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World's Smallest Harbor

World's Smallest Harbor

This little harbor is the place where Jack Nicholson takes all the patients fishing in "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest."

[Chris, 11/12/2014]
World's Smallest Harbor

This picturesque town is not only the world's smallest harbor (naturally occurring) but it is also the Whale Watching Capital of the World. Well worth a visit!

[Vanessa Allyn, 05/23/2009]

The "World's Smallest Navigable Harbor" covers only six square acres. A small sign along US Hwy 101 makes the smallest harbor claim. The "Whale Watching Capital of the World" has claimants in Australia, Iceland... Depoe Bay seems content to merely be the "Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast."


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Devil's PunchbowlDevil's Punchbowl, Otter Rock, OR - 4 mi.
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Wax WorksWax Works, Newport, OR - 12 mi.
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Beach Dude Viking, Lincoln City, OR - 12 mi.

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