This clearwater gem, which join their waters to the Meramec River in Crawford County, is only about 100 miles from St. Louis. Although it is too small to provide adequate floating water at all seasons, the angler will find them pleasant and profitable floating-wading streams. In seasons of good water, the canoeist will find it quite sporty. The valleys are relatively unspoiled and have real Ozarks atmosphere. It would be wise to check water levels of this river at Hwy. 8 bridge before attempting floats upstream from the highway. The names is pronounced locally as Coort-a-way.
Courtois Creek – Mile-By-Mile Description
Difficulty: frequently II due to sharp turns, obstructions and narrow channels.
Gradients: Brazil to Hwy. 8 – 9.2; from Hwy. 8 down – 7.2.
Counties: Washington, Crawford.
0.0 Brazil low-water bridge on road between Hwy. Y and Palmer. Better put-in below Hazel Creek.
2.4 Hazel Creek on right.
3.0 Hazel Creek Recreation Area and access in Mark Twain National Forest.
4.5 County Road Bridge. Private access.
6.7 Lost Creek on right.
6.9 Hwy. 8 Bridge. Access difficult ar highway.
11.5 Low-warer bridge. Privare camping and parking.
12.9 Rocky rapids, which resembles an old mill race, provides good run against right bank. Watch for down trees!
15.4 Butts low-water bridge. Good access, campsite or lunch spot. Henpeck Hollow Creek on right. Private campground and access.
15.6 Private campground and access.
16.3 Low-water bridge on private road.
17.8 Take left channel. This is beginning of The Narrows, a narrow, fairly fast section of rhe creek. Watch for logs and down trees.
18.2 Cave on left. Good shelter though short.
18.4 End of Narrows.
19.4 Doss Branch on right.
20.4 Huzzah Conservation Area and access, on right, at end of campground.
21.2 Junction with Huzzah Creek. Next take-out 0.3 mile downstream at low-water bridge off Hwy. E.
This is an electronic reprint of a Missouri Department of Conservation document. More or updated information on this topic can be found at the Missouri Department of Conservation web site located at: mdc.mo.gov. Copyright 2003 by the Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri.