Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes 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 Deschutes Services Center, Clerk's Office Research Room:
Contests for Squaw Creek [with index], 1911 (1 volume);
Contests for Tumalo Creek [with index], 1911 (3 volumes);
Depositions of Water Users for Squaw Creek, 1912-1914 (1 volume);
Deschutes River Evidence, vol. 27, 1926 (1 volume);
Deschutes River Original Evidence, vol. 31-32, ca.1925 (2 volumes);
Evidence for the Deschutes River [includes briefs and stipulations], vol. 26, 1924 (1 volume);
Exhibits for Deschutes River, vol. 27-28, 1924 (2 volumes);
Modified Findings and Decree for Deschutes River, 1923 (1 volume);
Notices and Orders for Squaw Creek, 1911 (1 volume);
Notices of Contest for the Deschutes River, vol. 20-23, 1924 (4 volumes);
Opinion and Findings Revising and Modifying the State Engineers Findings, 1927 (1 volume);
[Original Evidence and Testimony for Paulina Lake], 1916 -1917 (1 volume);
Original Statements and Proofs of Claims for Squaw Creek, 1911 (2 volumes);
[Petitions and Notices for the Deschutes River], vol. 25, 1924 (1 volume);
Petition, Stipulation, and Exhibits for Tumalo Creek, 1911 (1 volume);
Proof of Appropriation for Deschutes River, 1951 (1 volume);
Proofs of Appropriation [Deschutes River], vol. 1, 1928 (1 volume);
Proofs of Mailing Notice of Hearing on Petition for Central Oregon Irrigation District, 1917 (1 volume);
Report on Duty of Water for Deschutes River [with index], 1932 (1 volume);
Report on the Central Oregon Irrigation District, 1914 (1 volume);
Statement and Proof of Claim for the Deschutes River, vol. 1-6, 9-17, 1923-1924 (17 volumes);
Statements and Proofs of Claims for Tumalo Creek [with index], 1911 (1 volume);
[Supplemental Findings of Fact and Order of Determination for the Deschutes River], 1953 (1 volume);
Transcript of Testimony for the Deschutes River, vol. 18, 1924 (1 volume);
Tumalo Creek Report on Re-Examination of Lands, 1953 (1 volume);
State Engineer Water Rights [Petitions and Orders], 1932-1945 (.10 cu.ft.);
Waiver for Deschutes River, 1928 (1 volume);
Water Resources [Supplemental Decree and Order of Determination for the Deschutes River], 1958 (1 volume).

Records at the Deschutes County Archives:
Index to Water Rights, vol. 1, 1912-1934 (1 volume);
Tumalo Project Assignment of Columbia Southern Contracts [Irrigation], vol. 6, 1914-1917 (1 volume);
Tumalo Project Assignment of Contracts [Irrigation], vol. 4, 1917-1956 (1 volume);
Tumalo Project Contracts [Irrigation Project Record], vol. 1-2, 1914-1918 (2 volumes);
Tumalo Project Record Book [Irrigation Project Register-refers to actions related to contract no. 1 to 267 in vol. 1 to 5], 1914-ca.1918 (1 volume);
Tumalo Project Release of Liens [Irrigation Project-Transfer of Water Rights and Release of Lien], vol. 5, 1915-1923 (1 volume);
Water Certificates [Record], vol. 1-2, 1912-1979 (2 volumes).

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