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Depoe Bay, Oregon: World's Smallest Harbor

Adorable pocket parking pond for ships that covers only six acres. Cruise departure of patients from 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" filmed here.

US Hwy 101, Depoe Bay, OR
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

Current signs at the harbor describe the tides, the history, and location appearances in movies (as landmarks along the Oregon Film Trail).

[Nicholle, 07/10/2023]

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."

Nearby Offbeat Places

Devil's PunchbowlDevil's Punchbowl, Otter Rock, OR - 4 mi.
Statue of Joe the Sea LionStatue of Joe the Sea Lion, Lincoln City, OR - 9 mi.
Wax WorksWax Works, Newport, OR - 12 mi.
In the region:
Tim Tharp Yard Art, Willamina, OR - 31 mi.

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