Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Marion 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.

Beginning in 1975 water rights records were included in the clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse, County Clerk's Vault:
Beaver Creek Water Control District [Records-with index], 1960-1965 (1 volume);
Lake Labish Water Control District [Records], 1956-1967 (1 volume);
Marion Water Control District [Records], 1964-1965 (1 volume);
Santiam Water Control District McKinney Bottom Subdistrict [Record-includes water rights petitions and assessments-with index], 1971-1975 (1 volume);
Santiam Water Control District [Record-includes water rights contracts and assessments-with index], vol. 2, 1968-1972 (1 volume);
South Santiam River Water Control District [Records], 1965 (1 volume);
Water Rights Index, 1914-ca.1977 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Record], vol. 1-4, 1914-1971 (4 volumes).

Records at the Courthouse Square Building, Clerk's Office, Room 2130, Public Research Room:
Santiam Water Control District [Record-includes water rights contracts and assessments-with index], 1954-1971 (1 volume).

Records at the Marion County Archives:
Cancellation of Water Rights [Records], 1958-1972 (.15 cu.ft.);
Cancelled Water Rights [Records-accession no 03.079.007], 1969-1979 (.15 cu.ft.);
[Water Right Pre-emptions-Records-accession no 02.026.005], 1879-1904 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Court Case Files-Santiam River, Mill Creek, Willamette River-includes reports, evidence, transcripts, findings and orders of determination, and related records-accession no 03.079.007], ca.1901-ca.1944 (5 cu.ft.).


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