Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Hood River 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 1987 water rights have been recorded in the Recorded Documents (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Certificates of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1, 1914-1931 (1 volume);
Water and Mining Rights [Record-with index], 1908-1934 (1 volume).
Records at the Hood River County Business Admin. (Dean) Bldg., County Archives:
Record of Certificates of Water Rights [with index], vol. 2, 1931-1987 (1 volume);
Water and Mining Rights [with index], vol. 2, 1934-1987 (1 volume).
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court First Floor Records Storage Room:
Water Rights [Adjudication Records-Hood River and Tributaries-includes decrees, findings of fact, and related records], ca.1912-ca.1928 (1 cu.ft.).
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Small Jury Room:
Water Rights [includes findings of fact and order of determination, statements and proofs of claim, supplemental findings of fact and order of determination, reports, and maps related to Hood River and its tributaries], ca.1947-1988 (.60 cu.ft.).