River is a part of the MERAMEC RIVER watershed, click HERE to go to the MDC Meramec River pages
of watershed descriptions, features and statistics.
MDC COURTOIS River Mile by Mile Map
Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association.
EPA Meramec River Watershed Profile
The cold, crystal clear waters of the Courtois
River offer some of the finest floating-fishing-swimming and natural
environments. The Courtois River channel is somewhat smaller and shallower
than the Meramec, and as water levels recede in mid to late summer even
canoes may occasionally drag bottom. But, there is still safe navigable
passage, the water quality is unsurpassed, and during times of excessive
rains and high water the Courtois River recedes to safe floating levels
much faster than the Meramec and can provide an enjoyable, comparable
option at times that the Meramec is unfloatable. For those who prefer
a challenging, more exciting float, the Courtois during slightly or
moderately high water can most surely provide them with their needed
The Courtois River begins in Iron county
(to the east) of the Huzzah and runs a generally parallel (approx. 30
mile) course to its confluence with the Huzzah (just above Scotia).
After the merge, their combined flow takes a northwestern course for
1.5 miles before emptying into the Meramec. The short run of the course
of both of the Huzzah and Courtois may at first imply an unlikelihood
of high-order recreation potential, but in reality these streams offer
some of the finest fishing, floating, and swimming fun that exists anywhere.
log cabins - cozy cabins
- a/frame house - hideaway
house - riverbend