Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Morrow 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 1976 water rights have been recorded in the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). An separate water rights index was maintained until 1984.
Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Before the Board of Control of the State of Oregon Findings and Order of Determination [Umatilla River and Willow Creek Water Rights Record], 1915-1916 (1 volume);
Before the Board of Control of the State of Oregon Findings and Order of Determination [Willow Creek Water Rights Record], 1910 (1 volume);
[Before the Board of Control of the State of Oregon-Willow Creek Water Rights Record], 1909-1910 (1 volume);
[Certificate of Water Rights], 1912-1914 (.05 cu.ft.); 1941 (.05 cu.ft.);
Determination of the Relative Rights to the Waters of Willow Creek and Tributaries [Record], 1910 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Determination of the Relative Rights to the Waters of Willow Creek and Tributaries-Record], 1909-1910 (1 volume);
Index to Irrigation Rights A, 1891-1911 (1 volume);
John Day Irrigation District Journal, 1919-1921 (1 volume);
Map of Butter Creek Water Rights [rolled], ca.1910 (1 map);
[Statement and Proof of Claimant-Willow Creek and Tributaries], 1909 (13 sheets of microfiche);
Water Rights [Certificates-with index to water rights in Recordings until 1984], 1911-1975 (1 volume);
Willow Creek Adjudication [Maps-no front cover], 1909 (1 volume);
[Willow Creek Adjudication-State Engineer Maps], 1909 (1 volume);
Willow Creek Water Rights [Maps], 1923 (ca.30 maps).
Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
John Day River and Its Tributaries Findings and Order of Determination [Water Rights Record], 1930-1956 (1 volume);
John Day River [Findings and Order of Determination-Water Rights Record], 1930 (1 volume).
Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Irrigation Rights [Record], vol. A, 1891-1911 (1 volume).
Records at the North Morrow County Courthouse Annex, Planning Department Office (Irrigon):
Water Rights Records Surface Water Ground Water [includes certificates, abstracts, and permit applications], ca.1914-ca.1985 (1 binder);
Well Logs [Water Well Report-State of Oregon-copies], 1957-1984 (2 binders);
Willow Creek Decree [Water Rights Record], 1910-1959 (1 volume).