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Water Resources Maps


Rights shown on this map are approximate. The water right themes currently do not include some irrigation district rights or instream leases .  Contact the OWRD for the best locational data.  A good place to start is the WRIS query​ pages with links to the original documentation.
The information reflected on these pages is derived by interpretations of paper records. Please refer to the actual water rights records for the details on any water right. Care was taken in the creation of the data but it is provided "as is". The Water Resources Department cannot accept any responsibility for errors, omission, or accuracy of the information. There are no warranties, expressed or implied, including the warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, accompanying this information. However, notification of any errors would be appreciated.
If you identify errors or have questions about the water right mapping on our web pages please notify the OWRD GIS staff.
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Interactive Water Right Maps

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The Oregon Water Resources Web Mapping Program allows you to view water rights and other pertinent information such as ground water limited areas, watermaster districts, water availability basins, etc.  Browse by address, township, basin, or search for a water right using this program.
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Water Right Mapping Process

The OWRD has been mapping water rights in a geographic information system (GIS) since 1990.  The first pass through at compiling the water rights layers for the state was completed in 1999.  Since then the OWRD has completely redesigned its Water Rights Information System (WRIS) and the water right mapping features were migrated to a new data structure that linked directly to WRIS in 2004.  The procedures and tools for mapping water right features in the GIS were also rewritten.   

As part of the data structure changes we retooled our internal processes.  We map all new permits and certificates as they are issued statewide.  Any spare time is devoted to cleaning up older rights.  In areas where source maps are missing or difficult to interpret we place water right features (Places of Use symbolized by a small diamond shaped polygon) in the middle of the appropriate Public Land Survey quarter-quarter based on the description in the file. 

The whole process is described in more detail in our water right mapping procedures document here (2 MB PDF). 

For questions, contact Robert Harmon, GIS Coordinator. 

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Water Right Report Codes

For the most current list of Use Codes, click here.
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Water Right Data/GIS Themes

Statewide water rights spatial data with metadata (ZIP 50~100MB); Separate metadate files for PODs or POUs (PDF files).

The spatial data are available in an ArcGIS file geodatabase (FGDB) that is compatible with ArcGIS 10.x. The file is updated every night from our central WR GIS database.  The same data are available in an optional shapefile format (broken up by OWRD administrative basins).
Procedures for compiling water right features in the agency's GIS are available in a PDF here.
Surface and storage water right PODs can also be downloaded as a NHD (National Hydrography Dataset) flowline event table (in a zipped file geodatabase) here.  The file is updated nightly.
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Water Resources Map Library

The Department has created an index of maps and map products that have been produced over the years for a variety of purposes. Our hope is that you will find many of the maps useful. Most maps are in PDF format, while a few are in .jpg or .tif format. Please be aware of the map dates. These maps have been produced over many years and in some cases more current information may exist.  

Browse the map library

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Location Info by Lat/Long

Lookup basic information for Latitude,Longitude or Address. This report will display the Township/Range/Section, County, Basin, Water Availability Basin, Watermaster District, and much more. 

Location Information Lookup

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