Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Malheur 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.

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Storage Room:
Index Map of Malheur River and Tributaries Adjudication Surveys [Water Rights Maps], 1914 (1 volume);
Irrigation District Assessments [Record], 1939-1961 (1 volume);
Old Water Rights Cow Creek, Ironside, Willow Creek, ca.1886-ca.1964 (.30 cu.ft.);
Warmsprings Irrigation District Lien Docket, vol. 1-2, 1936-ca.1938 (2 volumes);
[Water Rights Adjudication Records-Malheur River], ca.1906-ca.1935 (2 cu.ft.);
[Water Rights Adjudication Records-Owyhee River], ca.1915-ca.1926 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Exhibits to Nevada & Drewsey Ditch Companies [Irrigation Maps-rolled], 1920 (ca.10 maps);
Index to Water Rights, 1917-1985 (1 volume);
In the Matter of a Water Resources Program for the Malheur and Owyhee Basins Hearing Record, 1967 (1 volume);
Irrigation and Drainage District Register [with index], 1906-1934 (1 volume);
Irrigation Districts [Records]-includes findings, conclusions, orders, and reports], ca.1910-ca.1983 (4 cu.ft.);
Orchard Water [Willow Creek Water Rights Adjudication Records], ca.1910-1992 (1.20 cu.ft.);
Record of Water Rights [title varies-with index], vol. A-G, 1874-1969 (7 volumes);
Water Rights [Index], 1874-1969 (1 binder of computer printouts).

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Civil Records Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes cases related to water rights, district formation, and other subjects], ca.1931-1990 (14 cu.ft.);
In Re Malheur Contest Testimony, vol. 1-6, 1917 (6 volumes);
In Re Owyhee River Original Evidence, vol. 6, 1926 (1 volume);
In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Water of Malheur River [Testimony and Exhibits], 1917 (5 volumes);
In the Matter of the Determination of the Rights to the Waters of Willow Creek Transcript of Evidence, vol. A, 1911 (1 volume);
Water Exhibits [Water Rights Adjudication Case Records-includes Malheur River, Owyhee River, Cottonwood Creek, Cow Creek, Willow Creek], ca.1910-ca.1986 (5 cu.ft.).

Records at the Ontario Community Library, Malheur Country Historical Society Collection:
Owyhee Ditch vs. Reisel [Water Rights Circuit Court Case Transcript], ca.1926 (1 volume).


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