Wheeler County Parks:
P.O. Box 446
Fossil , OR 97830
Wheeler County Attractions
Wheeler Countyattractions include sight-seeing, several historical museums, John Day River float trips, fishing, swimming, hunting, fossil and rock hounding, geological formations (includes three units of the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument), mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. Deer, wild turkey, elk, numerous species of song birds, grouse, quail, and occasionally bobcats, coyotes, cougar, and bear can be seen in the campgrounds.
A Bluegrass Festival is held on the courthouse grounds in Fossil every 4 th of July. Mule Days is held in July at the Wheeler County Fairgrounds in Fossil, and the annual Wheeler County Fair is held in August at Fossil. The town of Spray, approximately 34 miles southeast of Fossil on Highway 19 hosts an annual Rodeo and Half Marathon during Memorial Day weekend in May. The town of Mitchell, approximately 40 miles southwest of Fossil on U.S. Highway 26 holds the Painted Hills Festival and Dinosaur Days over Labor Day weekend in September.
Wheeler County Historic Courthouse Park
Located at 4th and Adams Streets in the town of Fossil, Oregon on Highway 19, approximately 58 miles south of Interstate 84. The park is a day use facility for picnicking and surrounds the historic Wheeler County Courthouse, which was built in 1901 at a cost of $9,025. Picnic tables are available. The courthouse is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the public is encouraged to tour the building. Restrooms and potable water are available in the courthouse during open hours.
Bear Hollow County Park
Located 7 miles southeast of Fossil, Oregon on State Highway 19, and offers tent, trailer, and RV camping, and picnicking at 30 primitive, quiet forested sites. Fire pits and tables are located at each site. New disabled accessible vault toilets, and potable water are also available. Butte Creek runs the length of the park. The County charges $10 for the first night and $5 for each additional night to camp per site, with an additional charge of $5 per night for extra vehicles. Pets and horses are allowed. The park is open year-round.
Shelton Wayside County Park
Shelton Wayside County Park is located 10 miles southeast of Fossil, Oregon on State Highway 19 and offers tent, trailer and RV camping, and picnicking at 44 primitive, serene forested sites. Fire pits and tables are located at each site. Service Creek runs the length of the park with two new pedestrian bridges crossing the creek to access a hiking trail. New disabled accessible vault toilets and potable water are also available. The County charges $5 per night to camp, with an additional charge of $5 per extra vehicle. Pets and horses are allowed. The park is open mid-April to mid-November, weather permitting.