The waterfront town with a million dollar view!

Wheeler, the gem of the Oregon Coast

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2013 – Wheeler’s Centennial Year

The lovely little village of Wheeler lies at the edge of the Pacific on Nehalem Bay along Oregon’s spectacular north coast.  Wheeler was born in the early 1900’s when a railroad link was completed connecting Portland to the timber-rich area surrounding the bay.  The train delivered lumber as well as seafood to eager markets to the east.

The lumber mills and fish packing plants of Wheeler’s early decades are gone now….leaving a village of charming, historic buildings strung together on the edge of that beautiful bay as if they were displayed on a holiday mantle.

Virgil Staben and family - Wheeler Pioneer for June 2013

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Eunice Massie, and Mayor Stevie Burden cutting the ribbon for the new Centennial Historical Display

Wheeler enjoys a wonderful “mini” climate and is often bathed in sunshine while surrounding coastal areas enjoy fog and mist.  Natives call Wheeler “Pukalani” (hole in the sky) as the surrounding hills seem to protect Wheeler from the prevailing northwest wind and fog. Our sunsets can be some of the best in the world!

Wheeler has been called “the little town with the million-dollar view!”.  It is a coastal refuge where people come to relax, refresh, and enjoy the scenic splendor of Oregon’s north coast.  Wheeler is small enough to be peaceful and unhurried — yet big enough to offer the services and advantages of a tight-knit community.  We are very proud of our sweet little town.

Welcome to Wheeler — for a visit …. or a lifetime!

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Hwy. 101 will be indefinitely closed beginning 4:30 p.m. 06/26/17 due to a growing sinkhole in the roadway in the south end of Wheeler. ODOT will be dispatching engineers to further assess the situation on 06/27/17. Please make plans for alternate routes for travel in and out of north Tillamook County. As of current the Wheeler Business District, Waterfront, Boat Ramp, as well as the Rinehart Clinic and the Nehalem Valley Care Center are accessible and open. This road closure in no way affects access to any of the services or businesses in Wheeler other than Paradise Cove which can be accessed from the south via Rockaway Beach.


The Wheeler Comprehensive Plan Update has been completed and adopted by the Wheeler City Council. While this update requires final state approval to be initiated as law within the City of Wheeler, the draft is attached below for citizen review. The Wheeler City Council, Planning Commission, and City Administration would like to thank the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) for all of their diligence over the three years it took to complete the final draft. It is of special note that this work could not have been completed without the leadership of Eunice Massie, Vice Chair of the CAC, who passed away this last Spring. Her commitment to the betterment of Wheeler will be felt for many years through the pages and policies of this living document.

Comprehensive Plan – Final Draft


The City of Wheeler is currently working with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Tillamook County, the other incorporated Cites of the County, and several Port Districts in updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan identifies the natural hazards that exist within the City’s jurisdiction, and offers a mitigation strategies for these hazards.  A draft of the Risk Assessment has been completed and can be found at the link below.


The Wheeler Planning Commission is currently soliciting interest from Wheeler residents for appointment to the City’s primary citizen involvement and land use oversight board. The Planning Commission is actively involved in reviewing land use applications that require public consideration, long term community development and planning, and matters that relate to administration of the floodplain. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and become involved in local government. All Wheeler residents who reside within Wheeler and the Urban Growth Boundary are eligible for application to serve, as are non-residents who own property or a business that operates within the City or its Urban Growth Area. Please contact City Manager Geoff Wullschlager at (503)368-5767 if you are interested in learning more.

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