Nehalem Bay Map – Wheeler

Kelley's Marina Crabbing in Nehalem Bay, Oregon
Kelley’s Marina, Rental Boats and Lunch

Nehalem Bay

is located north of Tillamook, in Wheeler, Oregon. Nehalem Bay is best known for it’s great crabbing, and it’s only a short 30 minute drive from Seaside, Oregon, and about 2 hours from Portland, Oregon. Many times we have clammed in the morning in Seaside, then drove to Nehalem Bay and rented a boat to go crabbing — all in the same afternoon! Brighten and Kelly‚Äôs Marina are 5 minutes apart and will rent you a boat, crab rings, and bait.

Kelley's Marina Crabbing in Nehalem Bay, oregon
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Nehalem Bay also has populations of Softshell and Purple Varnish Clams. If you’re a crabber I recommend you bring your shovel and rake. Generally, you want to crab through the peak of a slack tide; on an incoming tide. But once the tide goes out crabbing slows, or stops; then it’s just a little wait for low tide and clamming in the same spot. Easy access is found just north of Brighten Marina.

Throughout the site items highlighted in green indicate a preferred spot. Once you identity which beach you want to try, go back to the menu to get a more specific map of that location.

Information provided is a result of personal experience clamming at each bay location over a period of fifty-years, and local residences providing input and advice; as well as ongoing information from past Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife surveys. Information will change as incoming seas have a tendency to shift and move sand bars. The hope of this information is for people new to clamming to have a successful first time experience, but is not responsible for the accuracy of this data, and the outcome, or results of your personal efforts.