Submersible and Submerged Lands

ORS 274.510
Lake bed lands claimed by the United States


If the federal government claims title or interest in any lands referred to in ORS 274.470 (Settler’s right to deed to land within meander lines) or 274.480 (Rights of riparian owners on Malheur and Mud Lakes) the same shall not be conveyed or otherwise disposed of, or preferential right therein accrue until such claim is settled. The Department of State Lands may enter into such agreements with the federal government affecting such lands as it deems best in the interest of the public, and make such deeds and conveyances to the United States in consideration of the issuance of such patents by the United States to the State of Oregon of such lands within the meander lines of any such lakes as the department and the federal government agree.


Nothing in this section is a recognition of any title or interest in the United States within the meander lines of any meandered lake to any lands or waters of any such lake prior to the execution and delivery of a deed or conveyance from the State of Oregon as provided for in this section.


In carrying out such agreements the department may utilize the proceeds from the sale of such lands in which title or interest is claimed by the federal government. This section does not authorize the department or any other state agency to enter into any agreement which will divest any person of any water rights acquired under the laws of this state or otherwise. [Amended by 1967 c.421 §140]
Chapter 274

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Power of Department of Environmental Quality to regulate mining activities and recovery of oil and geothermal activities, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100; Division of State Lands' authority to require lease or fill or removal permit for private company dredging submerged offshore lands to harvest clams, (1979) Vol 40, p 35; State Land Board's authority to delegate duties to Port of Portland, (1979) Vol 40, p 111

Law Review Citations

4 EL 343, 346, 348 (1974)


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