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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Klamath County Records Inventory

Water Rights Records

1883-[ongoing]

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.

Beginning in 1965 water rights documents were also filed in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 17, Circuit Court Basement Storage Cage:
Agency Lake Tributaries Adjudication Survey [with index], 1927 (7 maps);
Agency Lake Tributaries Jurisdictional Papers, Statements of Contests and Stipulations, 1926-1929 (1 volume);
Agency Lake Tributaries State Engineer's Report [with index], vol. 2-3, 1932 (2 volumes);
Agency Lake Tributaries Statement Proof of Claims [with index], vol. 4, 1928 (1 volume);
Agency Lake Tributaries Water Rights Case Files, 1932 (.50 cu.ft.);
Anna Creek Adjudication [Case Files], 1915 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Anna Creek Evidence and Testimony-with index], vol. 1-2, 1914 (2 volumes);
Cherry Creek Water Rights [Original Evidence and Testimony], 1915 (1 volume, .05 cu.ft.);
Deschutes River Findings and Decree, 1926, 1928 (2 volumes);
Deschutes River Supplemental Findings of Fact and Order of Determinations, 1953 (1 volume);
Lost River Water Rights Determination [Circuit Court Case File], 1912-present (1 cu.ft.);
Old Water Rights [includes maps and notices of water rights], ca.1884-1910 (.35 cu.ft.);
Report of State Engineer Sprague River Adjudication [with index], vol. 3, 1926-1929 (1 volume);
Sprague River Adjudication Exhibits, 1926-1929 (1 volume);
Sprague River Adjudication Notices of Contests, vol. 5, 1926-1929 (1 volume);
Sprague River Adjudication Order of Determination, 1926-1929 (1 volume);
Sprague River Adjudication Original Evidence State Engineer's Maps [with index], vol. 2, 1926-1929 (9 maps);
Sprague River Adjudication Original Evidence/Statements and Proofs of Claim, vol. 4, 1926-1929 (1 volume);
Sprague River Decree of Determination, 1930 (1 volume);
Sprague River Jurisdictional Paper [with index], vol. 1, 1926-1929 (1 volume);
Sprague River Transcript of Testimony [with index], 1926-1929 (4 volumes);
Swan Lake Adjudication Survey Maps [with index], vol. 2, 1949 (6 maps);
Swan Lake Exhibits [with index], vol. 9, 1948 (1 volume);
Swan Lake Findings and Order of Determination, 1949 (1 volume);
Swan Lake Jurisdictional Papers [with index], vol. 1, 1945 (1 volume);
Swan Lake Report of Water Supply and Use, vol. 3, 1949 (1 volume);
Swan Lake Statements of Contests and Briefs [with index], vol. 5, 1948 (1 volume);
Swan Lake Statements of Proof and Claim [with index], vol. 4, 1947 (1 volume);
Swan Lake Transcript of Testimony [with index], vol. 6-8, 1948-1949 (3 volumes);
Tabulation of Claims Filed in Sprague River Adjudication, 1926-1929 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 17, Water Rights Records Storage Cage:
[Klamath River and its Tributaries Water Rights Adjudication Survey Maps-mylar], 2012 (ca.400 maps);
Klamath River Basin Adjudication Claim Files [Water Right-includes copies of older documents], no. 1-734, 1990-2012 (45 cu.ft.);
Klamath River Basin Adjudication Contested Case Files [Water Right-includes copies of older documents], no. 1-286, 2001-2012 (177 cu.ft.).

Records at the Klamath County Government Center, Clerk's Basement Storage Room:
Mortgage [Record-Klamath Water Users Association Stock Subscription and Contract], vol. 7B, 1905-1909 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mortgage Record [Klamath Water Users Association Stock Subscription and Contract], vol. 7B, 1905-1909 (1 volume);
Mortgage Record [Water Contract and Mortgage], vol. 7A, 1904-1905 (1 volume);
Mortgage Record Water Right Applications, vol. 17, 1914-1918 (1 volume);
[Rec. of Water Rights-Record], vol. 3, ca.1949-ca.1951 (1 reel of microfilm);
Record of Incorporations [includes notices of appropriation of water by ditch and irrigation companies-also includes related maps-with index], vol. 1, 1891-1920 (1 volume);
[Record of Incorporations-includes notices of appropriation of water by ditch and irrigation companies-also includes related maps-with index], vol. 1, 1891-1920 (1 reel of microfilm);
Record of Water Right Certificates [with index], vol. 1-2, 1916-1942 (2 volumes);
[Record of Water Right Certificates-with index], vol. 1-2, 1916-1942 (1 reel of microfilm);
Release of Contracts [Water Users], vol. 7C, 1910-1918 (1 volume);
Water Right Applications Mortgages, vol. 7D, 1911-1912 (1 volume);
Water Right Index by Location, 1916-1977 (1 volume);
Water Right Record [with index] vol. 3, 1949-1965 (1 volume);
[Water Rights Applications-Mortgage], vol. 7D, 1911-1912 (1 reel of microfilm);
Water Rights [Record-with index], vol. 1A, 2A, 1883-1914 (2 volumes).

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