Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Lane 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.
From circa 1956 until circa 1980 water rights were recorded in the deeds and records section Microfilm Reels (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). The indexes listed in the deeds and records research library primarily provide access to deeds and mortgages, but also index water rights.
Records at the Lane County Courthouse, Court Exhibit Room:
Certificates of Water Right [vol. 1 includes index], vol. 1-2, 1914-1956 (2 volumes);
Claims of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1, 1902-1921 (1 volume).
Records at the Lane County Public Service Building, Deeds and Records Research Library:
Grantor Grantee Index [indexes deeds, mortgages, water rights, and related records-title varies], 1902-1970 (135 reels of microfilm);
Index to Records [indexes deeds, mortgages, water rights, and related records-title varies], 1906-1970 (135 volumes);
Individual Name Number Index [includes water rights entries], 1906-1970 (7 reels of microfilm);
[Name Number Index-includes water rights entries], 1906-1970 (3 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Lane County Archive and Records Center, Microfilm Storage Room:
[Grantor Grantee Index-indexes deeds, mortgages, water rights, and related records-incomplete], 1945-1970 (5 reels of microfilm).