Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Coos 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.
Since 1965 water rights have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).
Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Water Power Record [Water Rights-with index], vol. 1-3, 1899-1965 (3 volumes).
Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Vacation of Plats [includes water rights and location records as well as road vacation records], 1892-1935 (.40 cu.ft.);
Water Power Record [Water Rights-with index], vol. 2-3, 1913-1965 (1 reel of microfilm).
Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Canc. of Water Rights [Cancellation Records], 1964-1965 (.05 cu.ft.).