ORS 274.470¹
Settler’s right to deed to land within meander lines
  • preferential right to additional land
  • tacking by successive settlers

(1) Any person who in good faith settled upon lands within the meander lines of any meandered lake and who, on January 1, 1921, actually resided thereon, who maintained residence thereon for at least five years immediately prior to such date, and who complied with the requirements of settlement, residence, cultivation and improvement, specified for homestead entrymen under the homestead laws of the United States, and which would be sufficient to acquire title by patent if such lands were subject to homestead entry by qualified entrymen, upon proof of such facts to the satisfaction of the Department of State Lands:

(a) Is entitled to a deed from the state, conveying and granting such lands not exceeding 160 acres without cost; and

(b) Has a preferential right to purchase from the State of Oregon 160 acres of additional lands, chiefly valuable for agricultural purposes.

(2) Any person who did not reside on any lands described in subsection (1) of this section for five years immediately prior to January 1, 1921, but who purchased the improvement or possessory rights or claims of a prior occupant, and whose residence and possession when tacked to that of such prior occupant extended for a period of not less than five years immediately prior to such date, shall have a preferential right to purchase such lands, not exceeding 160 acres, the price of which shall be fixed without reference to the value of the improvements thereon. [Amended by 1967 c.421 §136]

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)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 274—Submersible and Submerged Lands, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors274.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 274, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­274ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information