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
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Book of Record of Water Claims, 1862-1869 (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-in locked cabinet], 1918 (1 volume);
P-1472 [Water Rights Transcript of Testimony Salmon Creek], 1940-1941 (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:
Water Rights Exceptions [and Related Records], 1916-1917 (.35 cu.ft.).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
State Irrigation Water Maps for Adjudications, 1912 (1 volume).