Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Baker County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records


Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Book of Record of Water Claims, 1862-1869 (1 volume);
[Book of Records Pioneer District-Mining and Water Rights-with index], 1871-1882 (1 volume);
Index to Water Locations Vol. A-B, n.d. (2 volumes);
In Re Burnt River Transcripts [Water Rights], 1918-1919 (4 volumes);
[Mining Laws of Pioneer District-includes mining claims and water rights information], 1862-1871 (1 volume);
Original Evidence [Powder River Water Rights], 1918 (1 volume);
Transcripts of Water Records [Rights-transcribed in 1912-with index], 1867-1869 (1 volume);
Water Adjudication Book [Rights-includes several drainages], 1914-ca.1932 (1 volume);
Water Certificate Book, vol. 1-3, 1914-1966 (2 reels of microfilm);
Water Certificates Powder River [with index], vol. 2, 1923-1924 (1 volume);
Water Certificates [with index], vol. 1, 1914-1933 (1 volume);
[Water Right Notice Records], vol. B, 1868-1881 (1 volume);
[Water Rights and Adjudication Records-includes proofs of claims for Pine Creek and Powder River], ca.1912-ca.1978 (11 reels of microfilm);
Water Rights Certificates [with index], 1933-1966 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Notice Records], 1867-1868 (1 volume);
Water Rights Panhandle [Record-recorded from 1902 to 1924], vol. G, 1888-1894 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Record-with index], vol. D-F, 1885-1913 (3 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Burnt River Papers [Circuit Court Water Rights Case], 1921-1925 (.30 cu.ft.);
Pine Valley Water Adjudication [Water Rights Court Case Records], 1929-1932 (.25 cu.ft.);
Water Claims, Quartz and Placer Locations [Index to Claims], vol. 1, ca.1863-ca.1892 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
State Engineers Notices Cancelling Water Rights, ca.1963-ca.1977 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
State Irrigation Water Maps for Adjudications, 1912 (1 volume).


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