Water Records

About Water Records

An Overview of Water Records at the State Archives.

For information about water records from repositories around the State of Colorado, check out our Water Records Consortium page.

Introduction to Water Law in Colorado 

Early Water Law in Colorado.

How to Find Information

Use the following indexes to determine which records you would like to research:

Colorado Supreme Court Water Cases Index 1863-1933 (alphabetical)

Colorado Supreme Court Water Cases Index 1863-1933 (chronological)

Water Incorporations Index, 1862-1914

Arkansas River Water Diversion Decrees Water District #12

This decree establishes and enumerates the priorities of water rights in Water District Number Twelve in the State of Colorado. The Fremont County District Court had jurisdiction for water issues for State Engineer Water Districts #12 & #13.  If we are able to locate a similar document for District #13, we will add it to this information. 

Index to Water Decrees and Transfers in Water Division 1 (1899-1926)

The Colorado State Archives has custody of one box (46499) of water decrees and transfers from the Water Resources Division of the Colorado Natural Resources Department. The box consists of a compilation of decrees and water transfers from Water Division 1 that includes the counties of Denver, Douglas, Park, Jefferson, Weld, Larimer, Boulder, Jackson and Logan. We have published this index because there may be information that the legal community and general public may find useful in their research of water rights.