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). A separate water rights index was maintained until 1984. Most of the records located in the clerk's vault are available as digital images in a searchable database at the clerk's office.
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-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.);
John Day Irrigation District Journal, 1919-1921 (1 volume);
[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);
Water Rights [Maps-Willow Creek], 1923 (13 maps);
Water Rights [Statement and Proof of Claimant-includes related records], ca.1909-n.d. (.30 cu.ft.);
[Willow Creek Adjudication-State Engineer Maps], 1909 (1 volume);
WR [Before the Board of Control of the State of Oregon Findings and Order of Determination-Willow Creek Water Rights Record], 1910 (1 volume).
Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
John Day Irrigation District Circuit Court Case [Records-related to district formation], ca.1919-ca.1921 (1 cu.ft.).
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):
Willow Creek Decree [Water Rights Record], 1910-1959 (1 volume).