Courtois Creek (local pronunciation: “court-away”) is a 38.6-mile-long (62.1 km) stream. According to the information in the Ramsay Place Names File at the University of Missouri, the creek was “doubtless named for some French settler, but his identity has not been ascertained”.
The stream arises in the Mark Twain National Forest in northern Iron County and flows through the Missouri Ozarks, roughly paralleling the course of Huzzah Creek to its west. The creek is popular year-round for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. It is surrounded by dense stands of trees and native vegetation, has abundant fish, turtles and waterfowl.