Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Douglas 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 Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives:
[Appropriation of Water-with index], 1904-1914 (2 reels of microfilm);
Appropriation of Water [with index], vol. 1, 1904-1914 (1 volume);
Certificate of Water Rights [serves as index], vol. 2, 1970-1979 (1 volume);
Certificate of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1, 1914-1957 (1 volume);
Land Patents [also includes water rights], 1901-1908 (1 reel of microfilm);
Record Improvement of Streams [Water Rights], 1901-1903 (1 volume);
Record Location of Irrigation Ditches [with index], 1901-1904 (1 volume);
[Water Rights-Certificates-with index], vol. 1-2, 1914-1964 (2 reels of microfilm);
Water Rights Maps & Approp [Appropriations-case files], 1906-1908 (.10 cu.ft.).
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Water Rights Index [Partial], ca.1920-ca.1964 (1 binder).