||In the Shadow
of the Lighthouse: Lighthouses of the Pacific Northwest
Whale Watching in Oregon and Washington
Oregons 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 Years 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.
Every story of every lighthouse enumerates shipwrecks on the Oregon and
Washington coasts. Jim Gibbs details many shipwrecks in Oregons Seacoast Lighthouses,
and in another book, Disaster Log of Ships.