Ediger Landing


(0.8 acre)

Directions

9.5 miles south of Dayton on Hwy 221, turn east onto Wheatland Ferry Road and proceed 1.2 miles. Boat landing is to the north of the ferry.

Features

  • River
  • Boat Launch
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing

A popular Willamette River beach access and boat ramp, this 0.8-acre undeveloped park, located next to the Wheatland Ferry, serves as a gateway to recreation opportunities along the Willamette River, our nation's thirteenth-largest river. Pedestrians and bicyclists may cross the river on the ferry at no charge.

History

Jamie W. & Patricia Ediger generously donated the park to Yamhill County in 1966. Oregon's Department of State Lands manages surrounding public lands, including the adjacent gravel bar.

The Wheatland Ferry, located just one mile up-river from the border of Yamhill & Polk counties, connects the two with Marion County on the east side of the Willamette River. The ferry has been in operation since the 1850's. It is Oregon's oldest continuously operating ferry crossing, and its busiest. The nearby community of Wheatland was once a thriving business district with shops, mills, warehouses, and hotels. The old business district is now an orchard, and the ferry is the only remnant of the community's commercial history.

The ferry's eastern terminus is adjacent to Willamette Mission State Park. The 1,600-acre state park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the site of the former Willamette Mission, established in 1834 by Rev. Jason Lee. In 1840, the mission moved from this site on the flood plain to Chemeketa (Salem.) Two decades later, a major flood caused severe damage to the former mission site and changed the river's course to its present location. The state park's Mission Lake fills a remnant of the old channel. The state park also boasts the nation's largest black cottonwood.

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