The Nehalem River hugs the City of Wheeler providing wonderful vistas and golden opportunities for kayakers. Approximately 120 miles long, with the lower portion 30 miles long, the Nehalem River meanders through forests, farmlands and small towns on its way to the Pacific Ocean. Kayakers on this river enjoy a menu of diverse wildlife such as eagles, seabirds, River otters, Roosevelt elk and salmon.
There is a boat launch at the east end of the 101 bridge between Nehalem and Wheeler. Another boat ramp is located at Wheeler Watefront Park. Boats have been using the river since the beginning…..from Native Americans in canoes to the mail boat serving the area in the 1870s.
Wheeler has two options for those adventurers who wish to kayak the Nehalem River and don’t own or wish to transport their kayak. One, you can rent a kayak at the Wheeler Marina located on the waterfront in downtown Wheeler. Two, you can rent at Wheeler On the Bay for two nights and receive free use of their kayaks.