The former "Spoerl Coast Hills Ranch", once the largest private landholding on the Oregon coast, was home to native Tu tut ni long before being homesteaded in the mid nineteenth century. In 1952 the state took title to all beachfront property building the new "Wild Rivers Coast" Highway 101. Preserve owners retain access to beaches.

Spoerl descendants sought out Colorado wilderness preservationist S. Bradley Walker, who purchased the ranch in 1990, eventually partitioning twelve distinct properties of 84 to 168 acres within the heavily Deed Restricted private wildlife Preserve.