Little Whale Cove
Our Story

Our namesake, "Little Whale Cove," today.  
Little Whale Cove History
This link will take you to a general history of the land and its owners written by former resident Jodi Weeber
Depoe Bay History
This link will take you the City of Depoe Bay's history on their website.
The photos below were passed along from the Halvorson family.  
They show glimpses of what our community looked like prior to construction, which began in the early 1970's.

Original road access to Little Whale Cove and the Maling Estate. (circa 1920)
The barn and storage buildings are still standing, converted into our present day
Recreation Center Complex. (circa 1930)
Sadly this building was removed.
Below are some photos of the original "Maling Estate,"
constructed, we believe, in the roaring 20's.
Below are photos of the original "Maling Estate"
Photos courtesy of the Lincoln County Historical Society
Little Whale Cove, pictured below, is the "only private beach in Oregon." 
(it's actually a brackish freshwater pond, thus the exception from the Oregon Beach Act)
The photos below provide a glimpse into the history of Little Whale Cove during the days of William Depoe, the Siletz Tribe and Maling family.
From an April 2009 UC Berkeley publication,
“Shell Mounds and Shell Roads: The Destruction of Oregon Coast Middens for Early Road Surfacing.”
We hope you've enjoyed these old photos.