Courtois Creek is a clear, cold Ozark stream one hundred miles southwest of St. Louis, Missouri. In 1993, Western Rivers Conservancy purchased a 200-acre homestead on Courtois Creek, including 3/4 of a mile of stream frontage, native pastures, and old growth forests of oak, hickory, elm, maple and sycamore. The property contains habitat for whitetail deer, wild turkey, and numerous cavity-nesting birds, such as pileated woodpeckers.
In addition, Courtois Creek supports an excellent Ozark stream fishery with a healthy population of smallmouth bass. The stream is a tributary to the Meramec River, and is considered to be a gem of the Ozark Plateau. The lower section of Courtois Creek has been designated an Outstanding State Resource Water by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Canoeing and fishing this stretch of Courtois Creek is very popular. The Mark Twain National Forest now owns and manages the property.
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The beautiful Courtois Creek property is accessible by road from Washington County Road 657. It’s about 55 miles east of Rolla, Missouri and can be reached from there in a little over an hour. Click on our logo icon below for directions from your location.
Courtois Creek is a popular canoeing river about 130 miles southwest of St. Louis, Missouri. The 200 acre property acquired by Western Rivers Conservancy is now owned and managed by the U.S. Forest Service, which provides access to the creek for boaters and fishermen. From the Washington County Road 657 stream crossing to its confluence with the Meramec River, Courtois Creek provides excellent paddling opportunities. The creek also supports good fishing for warm water species such as small mouth bass, bluegills, crappie, and catfish. The uplands are readily accessible by foot from the county road and are open for hiking, bird watching, and other land based activities.
The property is managed by the Forest Service Ranger District in Potosi, Missouri. For more information, call 573-438-5427 or view this guide to paddling Courtois Creek.