Although its name sounds like a wild and whacky, loopy slip-and-slide water theme park, Wheeler Waterfront Park is actually a calm riverfront area in the sleepy town of Wheeler. My husband and I had passed through a few times, even stopping in the gravel lot near the pathway, before noticing the actual park. I must have been captivated by Nehalem River, which passes here just before it converges with Nehalem Bay. If you’re looking to stretch your legs while traveling to points further north or south, this community park is just the ticket.
The path through the park begins at the southeast corner of the parking lot. No more than 50 steps separate curved stone benches, modern composite benches, or one of several hexagon picnic tables. After traversing the pathway, my husband and I settled for a time on the bench nearest the water and boat launch. From here we watched a chap crabbing from the dock, and enjoyed the gentle flowing river with a backdrop of rolling hills.
|Terrain:||Packed gravel with a mild slope or level. Some seating is reached via mushy grass.|
|Seating:||Several benches and picnic tables|
|Fee: No fee|
|Restrooms:||Yes, accessed from the parking lot.|
|Directions:||From Highway 101 in Wheeler, turn west on Rector Street, which ends in the parking lot. The pathway starts in the southwest corner. The riverfront bench is in the lawn adjacent the parking lot.|