Rainbow Rock Retreat is in a wonderful whale watching location. Whales can be seen from the balcony year round. We have sighted primarily Gray whales, but also occasional Blue, Minke, and Humpback. In August we seen a pod of Orcas (killer whales) in the distance, from the balcony. Whales
are often seen diving near the pyramid shaped island, but are, on occasion, seen between the pyramid island and the
shore. Whales are also often sighted just beyond the large island to the right (Northwest) of the balcony.
If you don't see any off the balcony, the best place to go to surely see whales is off the bay in Crescent City, or if you are willing to drive an additional 30 minutes, to the lookout over the Klamath river, at the end of the road to Requa, CA, just off Highway 101.Between Mid December through late January, approximately 19,000 Gray whales pass through on their way toward Baja Mexico. From the end of March through the beginning of June all 19,000 Gray Whales make their way back North, on their way to colder Arctic waters. They tend to be closest to the shore during this Spring migration. About 200-400 Gray whales do not go to the Bering Sea. Instead, they stay for the entire summer along the Northern California, Oregon, and Washington coast. Please go to Whalespoken.org for some great educational material and sighting information.
Whale Watching and Wildlife
This shot was taken on March 23, 2010, Cape Ferrelo
From Balcony April 13, 2010
Rainbow Rock Retreat is a family owned condominium that is offered as a vacation rental for no more than 12 weeks per year. The private gated Rainbow Rock Condominium Complex is about two miles North of Brookings, Oregon and is directly on the Oregon Coast. The Community sits atop a Bluff, magnifying the magestic views of the Southern Oregon Coast. Brookings, Oregon is just 6 miles North of the California Border. The Brookings, Oregon/Rainbow Rock area is within a short drive to the most scenic California Redwood Groves, including Jedediah Smith State Park Giant Redwood Grove, about 30 minutes away and The Redwood National Park, just 40 minutes away. Brookings, Oregon is also at the Southern most tip of Oregon's Wild Rivers Coast, and features the most scenic 30 mile stretch of coastline found in the Pacific Northwest, and possible all of the Continental US. Rainbow Rock Retreat is on a 13 acres and borders the Samuel H. Boardman State Park, an 11 mild scenic coastal park. The Oregon Coastal Trail begins at the border of the Rainbow Rock Retreat property and extends the length of the park, and beyond. The trail offers both forested and scenic ocean vistas. In the two miles between Rainbow Rock and Brookings, Oregon, is Harris Beach State Park, one of the more photographed shorelines in Oregon. To the North, is Lone Ranch Beach and Cape Ferrelo, both magnificent and scenic. The scenic location and wonderful accommodations provided by Rainbow Rock Retreat make it a remarkable and memorable place to retreat to for romance, peace, and serenity.
The island in the picture to the left is just over the Rainbow Rock Promontory when you look toward the South from the balcony. On this island, during some Summer months, is a colony of Murres. They are not there consistently and I have been unable to figure out when to expect them. They look and behave much like penguins, although they fly (but not particularly gracefully!). The above picture was taken from the nps.gov website because I have yet to get close enough to one of these birds to get a good picture.
Harbor seals resting on some rocks just off the shore at Rainbow Rock beach. July, 2010.
There is a family of sea otters that lives in the Rainbow Rock area. June 2010.
January 2011 Whale Pictures.
Canadian Lynx; picture taken by one of the community residents from her balcony!
From Balcony July 31, 2013. These are likely "resident whales" that stay in the area all summer, rather than in the Arctic Circle.
In June of 2013 a recently deceased Sperm Whale washed ashore at Chetco Point State Park. These are the bones that remained after the body returned to the earth.
Taken on March 19, 2015 at the mouth of the Klamath River.