This community of 400 on the southern shore of Nehalem Bay offers shopping, lodging, dining, fishing, and boating. Hwy 101 is Wheeler’s “Main Street.” Wheeler boomed after rail service to Portland was established in 1911, but the timber economy was devastated after the Tillamook burn. The historic Old Wheeler Hotel has been restored in an area that includes several antique outlets.

Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler are three villages located on the Pacific Ocean, Nehalem River and Nehalem Bay on the North Oregon Coast. The Nehalem Bay Area is 40 miles south of Astoria and 60 miles north of Lincoln City on Highway 101.

Manzanita is a beautiful oceanside city with seven miles of sandy beach. Enjoy the spectacular walks by the ocean. Manzanita possesses the third most photographed scenery in Oregon.

Nahalem is a picturesque riverside town with a quaint downtown reflecting its century of history. Enjoy views of the Nehalem River, nearby mountains, forests and wildlife, the centerpiece of the Nehalem Bay Area experience.

Wheeler is nestled in the hills overlooking the beautiful Nehalem Bay, Neahkanie Mountain, and the Pacific Ocean, Wheeler boasts breathtaking sunsets and rainbows.

Featured activities

  • Kayak Tillamook County

    PO Box 1270
    Tillamook, Oregon 97141

    Welcome to the most extensive kayaking guide service on the Oregon Coast! Kayak Tillamook County offers privately-scheduled Paddle Board and Kayak Tours for groups year-round. Choose from dozens of locations from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City. Our seven estuary systems offers flat-water paddling on six coastal bays, dozens of rivers, scores of intimate sloughs, backwater channels and fresh water lakes. We can satisfy practically any flat-water experience desired. Encounter river otters, harbor seals, mink, elk, raptors and seabirds while paddling your own kayak or sharing a tandem. We are professionally trained and certified staff, and registered with the Oregon State Marine Board. Beginners and novices welcome! From November to March individual thermoses of Hot Apple Cider are served, each with a fresh cinnamon stick inside.

Featured accommodations

  • Vacasa - Wheeler

    Wheeler, Oregon 97147

    For a kayaking or fishing adventure on the Oregon Coast, you'll find the perfect retreat when you stay in a Vacasa vacation rental in Wheeler. We have a handful of vacation homes right in town, with more in surrounding communities like Rockaway Beach and Manzanita. Choose from cozy cottages right on Nehalem Bay or spacious luxury homes along the sandy beach. Each Vacasa home is unique and amenities will vary, but many feature private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, ocean views, and pet-friendly policies. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind getaway with the peace of mind you'll only find when you stay with the Oregon Coast's leading property management firm! Visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.

Featured Events

  • Nehalem Bay Cleanup

    63 North Highway 101
    Wheeler, Oregon 97147
    Saturday, Mar 11th, 2017

    Join friends and neighbors working together to keep the Nehalem Bay estuary clean, healthy, and beautiful at the 10th Biennial Nehalem Bay Estuary Clean-Up. Help us pick up assorted debris in every imaginable shape, size, and color while learning about this region’s ecology and the potential threats posed by marine debris. Volunteers from NCLC will focus on our habitat reserve at Fishers Point, which lies across the water from Nehalem Bay State Park.

    The Clean-Up takes place rain or shine; dress for the weather and wear waterproof boots and work gloves. Orientation begins at 7:30 a.m. at Handy Creek Bakery, in the Wheeler Masonic Hall at 63 North Highway 101 in downtown Wheeler. After the Clean-Up, volunteers are invited to the White Clover Grange at 36585 Highway 53 in Nehalem beginning at 2:30 p.m. for live music, a chili and cornbread feast, root beer floats, and socializing. You might want to bring a dry change of clothes for the party.

    For more information, contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at 503-738-9126 or melissar@nclctrust.org. The Clean-Up is held in partnership with Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Oregon State Parks, and CARTM recycle center.

  • Oregon Coast Photography Workshop

    1865 Beach Loop Dr., Sunset Oceanfront Lodging
    Bandon, Oregon 97411
    Monday, May 15th, 2017 - Friday, May 19th, 2017

    Truly a photographer’s playground, the sublime, dramatic, and moody Pacific coast around Bandon, Oregon, will be our outdoor classroom for this landscape- and seascape-oriented photo workshop, presented by renowned photographers and workshops leaders Jack Dykinga and Justin Black.

    Scheduled during mid-week to avoid weekend crowds, we will spend our morning and evening field time among locations along the coast as far north as the harbor of Charleston and as far south as Cape Bonito lighthouse. This workshop deals heavily with composition, working with changing light, exposure control, using long shutter speeds and multiple exposures to create mood, essential gear and creative tools, fundamentals of digital workflow, digital exposure blending and panoramic stitching, and lots of photography in the field followed by constructive group critiques.

    Any enthusiastic photographer will feel right at home in this workshop, which includes field sessions, classroom lectures and ample hands-on instruction, critiques, single-occupancy lodging (prorated fee available for double-occupancy or for those who do not require lodging), all meals – including gourmet dining with emphasis on excellent regional seafood – snacks, and beverages. As always, both instructors will be present to teach and assist students throughout the workshop.

    Please contact us promptly to reserve your space, or register online by visiting the webpage.

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