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In the Shadow of the Lighthouse: Lighthouses of the Pacific Northwest

Whale Watching
in Oregon and Washington

Oregon’s whale watching is well organized, with great opportunities from on-shore locations as well as on boats. There is a two-week annual state-sponsored whale Watching Weeks, from the day after Christmas through New Year’s Day and for one week in March.

Whale-watching opportunities in Washington abound in the protected waters of the San Juan Islands (May through September) and every spring along the outer Pacific coast, with cruise activity centered around Westport.

San Juan Islands -- See San Juan Islands Lighthouses

Fidalgo, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island are the largest and most populated. San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge comprise 48 of the remaining rocks and islands, and all but Matia and Trun are closed to the public. The islands and surrounding waters contain much wildlife -- bald eagles, great horned owls, puffins, dolphins and orcas. Lots of recreational opportunities -- boating, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, hiking, biking.

Shipwrecks

Every story of every lighthouse enumerates shipwrecks on the Oregon and Washington coasts. Jim Gibbs details many shipwrecks in Oregon’s Seacoast Lighthouses, and in another book, Disaster Log of Ships.

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