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State Ownership of Meandered Lakes
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Tahkenitch Lake, photo Chris Castelli
As stated in ORS 274.430:
 
(1) All meandered lakes are declared to be navigable and public waters. The waters thereof are declared to be of public character. The title to the submersible and submerged land of such meandered lakes, which are not included in the valid terms of a grant or conveyance from the State of Oregon, is vested in the State of Oregon.
 
(2) ORS 274.430 to 274.450 shall not apply to any nonnavigable lakes lying within the boundaries of any duly organized and incorporated drainage district which was in existence on January 1, 1921.
 
(3) Nothing in this section impairs the title of any upland or riparian owner to any vested rights in land which was added prior to May 25, 1921, by natural accretion or reliction to the lands of such upland owner.
 
Note: However, see United States v State of Oregon, 295 U.S. 1 (1935) which found that Malheur Lakes (Malheur, Mud and Harney) are meandered, but not navigable.   
 
 
 
 
Meandered Lakes
 
Lake
County
Acres in Size (Meandered)
Meandered Date
Cullaby Lake Clatsop 216.00 1856
Adams Lake Columbia
29.00
1853 & 1855
Cunningham Lake Columbia
155.00
1859
Henrici Lake Columbia
62.00
1853
McNary Lake Columbia
208.00
1853
Sturgeon Lake Columbia & Multnomah
3,175.00
1853
Swan Lake Columbia 39.00 1855
Eel Lake Coos & Douglas 349.00 1891
Croft Lake Curry 63.00 1879
Floras Lake Curry 279.00 1857
Garrison Lake Curry 117.00 1857
Cultus Lake Deschutes 1,140.00 1882
Lily Lake Deschutes 16.00 1884
Carter Lake Douglas 37.00 1857
Diamond Lake Douglas 3,012.00 1883 NE portion
Edna Lake Douglas 34.00 1891
Clear Lake Douglas 280.00 1857
Loon Lake Douglas 145.00 1878
Siltcoos Lake Douglas & Lane 2,979.00 1857
Tahkenitch Lake Douglas 1,523.00 1857
Magone Lake Grant 35.00 1881
Olive Lake Grant 140.00 1883
Strawberry Lake Grant 33.00 1901
Badger Lake Hood River 45.00 1938 & 1939
Agency Lake Klamath 8,845.00 1871 & 1872
Aspen Lake Klamath 3,684.00 1858
Crescent Lake Klamath 3,640.00 1869
Klamath Lake (portions) Klamath 58,922.00 1858, 1880, 1893
Lake of the Woods Klamath 1,213.00 1920
Miller Lake Klamath 104.00 1883
​Oatman Lake ​Klamath ​​1858
Round Lake Klamath 734.00 1858
Abert Lake (portions) Lake 6,670.00 1888, 1910, 1920
Anderson Lake Lake - 1887
Blue Lake Lake 56.00 1920
Bluejoint Lake Lake 6,500.00 1883
Campbell Lake Lake 740.00 1914-1915 (surveyed)
Chewaucan Lake Lake 125.00 1868 N. portion
Crump Lake Lake 8,120.00 1875
Dead Horse Lake Lake 32.00 1920
Dog Lake Lake 205.00 1880
Goose Lake Lake 30,210.00 1872
Hart Lake Lake 7,750.00 1868
Flagstaff Lake Lake 3,630.00 1914-1915 (surveyed)
Mugwump Lake Lake 200.00 1887
Pelican Lake Lake 190.00 1887
Stone Coral Lake Lake 970.00 1914
Summer Lake Lake 20,260.00 1873 - 1878
Swamp Lake Lake 880.00 1887
Turpin Lake Lake 215.00 1914-1915 (surveyed)
Upper Campbell Lake Lake 920.00 1914-1915 (surveyed)
Clear Lake Lane 148.00 1878
Cleawox Lake Lane 94.00 1857
Gold Lake Lane 90.00 1884
Mercer Lake Lane 340.00 1883
Rigdon Lake Lane 40.00 1884
Triangle Lake Lane 276.00 1873 & 1893
Waldo Lake Lane 6,142.00 1884
Woahink Lake Lane 726.00 1857
Devil´s Lake Lincoln 629.00 1872
Big Lake Linn 226.00 1896
Clear Lake Linn 152.00 1896
Colorado Lake Linn 26.00 1852
(listed as meandered in error, 7-18-2012)
Lower Cow Creek Lake Malheur 600.00 1882
Upper Cow Creek Lake Malheur 1,032.00 1882
Mission Lake Marion 29.00 1851-1852
Bybee Lake Multnomah 275.00 1853
Fairview Lake Multnomah 56.00 1855
Jewit Lake Multnomah 93.00 1852
Ramsay Lake Multnomah 90.00 1853
Smith Lake Multnomah 643.00 1853
Lytle Lake Tillamook 57.00 1857
Smith Lake Tillamook 36.00 1857 & 1873
Frances Lake Wallowa 46.00 1901
Wallowa Lake Wallowa 1,950.00 1881

Sufficient evidence exists that the following lakes are also navigable.
 

Lake
County
Acres in Size
Sucker Lake (Oswego) to pre-dam level Clackamas 405.00
Tenmile Lake Coos & Douglas 1,187.00
N. Tenmile Lake Coos & Douglas 858.00
Lost Lake Hood River 250.00
Lake Ewauna Klamath 386.00
Odell Lake Klamath 3,420.00
 
 
 
 
Wallowa Lake, Photo Jill Burnett
 
 
 
 
 
 
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