Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Columbia 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 Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Certificate of Water Rights, vol. 1, 1916-1961 (1 volume);
Findings of Fact and Order of Determination [Tualatin River and Tributaries], 1959 (1 volume);
General Index [to Water Rights], 1916-1979 (1 volume).