Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clackamas 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.

Beginning in 1967 Water Rights were included in the Recording Instruments (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Certificates of Water Rights, vol. 1, 1914-1957 (1 volume);
Ditch and Flume Records [Water Rights], 1902-1925 (2 volumes);
Water Rights [Certificates], 1957-1959 (1 volume);
Water Rights Certificates, 1959-1967 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clackamas County Clerk's Recording Office Suite 110, Public Research Area:
[Water Ditches and Flumes-with index], vol. 1-2, 1902-1909 (34 sheets of microfilm jackets); vol. 1-2, 1903-1925 (1 reel of microfilm);
Water Rights [Index], 1966-1975 (1 reel of microfilm);
Water Rights [Record-with index], vol. 1-2, 1914-1967 (2 reels of microfilm);
Water Rights [Water Ditches and Flumes-with index], vol. 1, 1902-1908 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Clackamas County Central Utility Plant Warehouse, Recording Records Storage Area:
Water Rights Index, 1966-1976 (1 volume).

Records at the Clackamas County Archives:
Certificates of Water Rights Index, 1914-1967 (1 volume).


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