Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Lake 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.
Also see the Surveyor's Field Notes and Plats series for recorded surveys and indexes that include some water-related surveys.
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Water Contracts, 1910 (1 volume);
Record of Water Contracts [one entry only], vol. 2, 1911-1924 (1 volume);
Record of Water Contracts, vol. 1, 1910 (1 volume);
Record of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1-4, 1875-1979 (4 volumes);
Transcript of Water Rights and Mining Claims [with index], 1870-1877 (1 volume).
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Lakeview Water Users Incorporated Water Adjudication Survey], 1959 (9 maps).
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Exhibits [regarding Chewaucan River], vol. 6, 1914 (1 volume);
Index and Miscellaneous Papers Regarding the Chewaucan River, vol. 7, 1914 (1 volume).
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Water Rights [Certificates], ca.1875-ca.1932 (.35 cu.ft.).
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Contest Testimony [Transcript of Testimony and Record of Proceedings Re Chewaucan River-with index], vol. 3-5, 1915-1916 (3 volumes);
Transcripts of Testimony [Re Chewaucan River], vol. 1-7, 1916-1917 (7 volumes); [Re Warner Lake-with index], 1924 (2 volumes); [Re Buck Creek], 1924 (1 volume).
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Watermaster's Office:
Adjudication Survey of Bridge Creek [Water Rights Map], 1960 (4 maps);
Adjudication [Water Rights Circuit Court Records-Buck Creek, Crane Creek, Kelly Creek, Goose Lake, Sprague River, Chewaucan River, Warner Lakes, and tributaries], ca.1916-ca.1930 (8 cu.ft.);
[Bridge Creek Adjudication-Water Rights Record], 1967 (1 volume);
[Findings of Fact and Order of Determination-Bridge Creek Water Rights], 1970 (1 volume);
Statement and Proof of Claims [Water Rights-Drew Creek, Antelope Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Thomas Creek, and Cogswell Creek], vol. II, 1960 (1 volume);
[Supplemental Findings of Fact and Order of Determination-Goose Lake Water Rights], 1960 (1 volume).
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
County Surveyor's Records Lands, Roads & Ditches, 1879-1906 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Records [includes water rights, mining, and land patent information], vol 1-2, 1874-1912 (2 volumes).