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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records

1911-1991

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.

The Web-based Deschutes County Clerk Recording System Web Query includes searchable access to water rights information and images.

Records at the Deschutes Services Center, Clerk's Office Copy 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 Briefs Stipulations Etc., vol. 26, 1924-1925 (1 volume);
Deschutes River Evidence Exhibits, vol. 27-29, 1924-1925 (3 volumes);
[Deschutes River Jurisdictional Papers], vol. 25, 1926 (1 volume);
Deschutes River Water Rights Miscellaneous Documents, 1926-1933 (.35 cu.ft.);
Determination of Rights Deschutes River Court's Opinion, 1927 (1 volume);
Modified Findings and Decree for Deschutes River, 1923 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Below Mouth of Crooked River, vol. 3, 1923-1924 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Claim 7 Exhibits, vol. 9, 1923 (.05 cu.ft.);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Claim 8 Proof of Claim, vol. 10, 1923 (.05 cu.ft.);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Claim 15 Exhibits, vol. 13-15, 1923-1924 (.25 cu.ft.);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Claim 19 Exhibits, vol. 16, 1923 (.10 cu.ft.);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Claim 19 Proof of Claim, vol. 11, 1923 (.05 cu.ft.);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Claim 25, vol. 17, 1923-1924 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Claims, vol. 12, 1924 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Contests, vol. 23, 1924 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Exhibits [includes photographs], vol. 32, 1926 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Exhibits, vol. 31, ca.1925 (.05 cu.ft.);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Notices of Contest, vol. 20-22, 1924 (3 volumes);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Statements and Proofs of Claims East Fork and Crescent Lake, ca.1926 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Deschutes River Statements and Proofs of Claims, vol. 1-2, 1926 (2 volumes); vol. 5, 1923 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Deschutes River, vol. 18, 1924 (1 volume);
Original Evidence Statements of Proof Willow Creek and Metolius River, vol. 4, 1923 (1 volume);
Petitions for Transfer of Water Rights Deschutes River, 1942-1945 (.05 cu.ft.);
Petitions West Side Reclamation District, 1922 (.05 cu.ft.);
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, 1924 (1 volume);
Squaw Creek Notices of Contest Etc., 1911 (1 volume);
Squaw Creek Original Statements and Proofs of Claims, 1911 (2 volumes);
Statement and Claim of Proof Deschutes River Claim 6, 1923 (1 volume);
[Supplemental Findings of Fact and Order of Determination for the Deschutes River], 1953 (1 volume);
Tumalo Creek Original Statements and Proofs of Claims, 1911 (1 volume);
Tumalo Creek [Receipts, Notices, and Proofs], vol. 1, 1952 (1 volume);
Tumalo Creek Testimony Evidence Exhibits Contests, 1911 (1 volume);
Water Resources [Supplemental Decree and Order of Determination for the Deschutes River], 1958 (1 volume);
Water Rights Paulina Lake and Paulina Creek, ca.1917 (1 volume).

Records at the Deschutes County Records Center, Permanent 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).

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building First Floor Evidence Room, Cabinet:
Circuit Ct. Water [Circuit Court Water Rights Case Files-Deschutes River-includes transcripts, proofs, reports, and related records], no. 2588, ca.1933-ca.1956 (1 cu.ft.);
Circuit Ct. Water [Circuit Court Water Rights Case Files-Three Creek and Snow Creek-includes maps], no. 996, 1919-1921 (.25 cu.ft.);
Circuit Ct. Water [Circuit Court Water Rights Case Files-Tumalo Creek], no. 519, 1911-1952 (.20 cu.ft.);
[Final Order on Petition for Re-Hearing Deschutes River], 1959 (1 volume);
Permanent Anderson et al vs. Tumalo Irrigation District [Circuit Court Water Rights Case File], no. 27172, 1981 (1.25 cu.ft.);
[Supplemental Decree and Determination Tumalo Creek], 1959 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Circuit Court Adjudication Survey Maps-Deschutes River and Tumalo Creek-includes related exhibit maps-rolled in tubes], ca.1950-ca.1968 (ca.50 maps);
Water Rights [Circuit Court Case Files-includes depositions, exhibits, and related records], no. 5201, 9422, 10782, 13881, 17761, 36181, 37360, 37507, 1948-1987 (1.25 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Circuit Court Judgment and Decree-Squaw Creek Irrigation District], no. 12476, 1964 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights Farm Equip. Co. [Equipment Company-Circuit Court Records-includes testimony, exhibits, and related records], ca.1953-ca.1964 (.25 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Miscellaneous Circuit Court Case Exhibits], 1991 (.15 cu.ft.).

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