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.

Beginning in 1965 water rights were recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives Storage Room:
[Appropriation of Water-Record-with index], 1904-1914 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Land Patents-also includes water rights and mining notices], 1885-1910 (1 reel of microfilm);
Water Rights/Appropriations Ditches/Canals [Records-trifolded], ca.1902-ca.1910 (.35 cu.ft.);
Water Rights by Township Range Section [Cards-includes description and priority and certificate dates], ca.1900-ca.1980 (.75 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Cancellation Records-trifolded], ca.1962-ca.1977 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Water Rights-Certificates-with index], vol. 1-2, 1914-1964 (2 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Genealogy Room:
Appropriation of Water [Record-with index], vol. 1, 1904-1914 (1 volume);
Record Improvement of Streams [Water Rights], 1901-1903 (1 volume);
Record Location of Irrigation Ditches [with index], 1901-1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Library/Microfilm Room:
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).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, Surveyor's Office, Room 105:
Water Rights Index [Partial], ca.1920-ca.1964 (1 binder);
Water Rights Permit Cert #s [Permit and Certificate Index], 1903-1991 (1 binder of computer printouts).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Water Appropriation [Record-includes document images], vol. 1, 1904-1914 (familysearch.org).


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