Huzzah Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Leasburg, take Route H south 5 miles to the area.


This area is predominantly forest. Facilities/features: primitive camping and three permanent streams (Meramec River, Courtois Creek, Huzzah Creek).

About This Area

Huzzah Conservation Area is located in Crawford County. The area consists of 6,225 acres. Rugged forest terrain, the Meramec River and Huzzah and Courtois Creeks draw many visitors to this area. The Ozark Hiking Trail transects most of the area and allows hikers access to many of its unique features. The Narrows, located in the extreme southwest portion of the area, is a narrow hogback ridge divided between Huzzah and Courtois Creeks that features extremely steep topography and rapidly changing vegetation from ridge to creek bottom.

The remains of the Scotia Furnace and Iron Works are located on the property. The Scotia Furnace, built by John G. Scott, Robert Anderson, Thomas Howard and Anvil James, produced pig iron from 1870 to 1880. Much of the forest in the vicinity of the furnace remains was clearcut during that period to produce charcoal to fire the furnace.

The area is managed for a variety of game and non-game wildlife species. Timber harvests have been used to produce forage and cover for wildlife. Watering ponds and permanent food plots have been established for the benefit of wildlife.

General Information

St. Louis



Owned by MDC,Leased

  • Shooting range closed on Mondays.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Designated camping areas are open September 15 through May 15 only. Day use only through the remainder of the year.   
Canoeing  Courtois Creek, Huzzah Creek, and Meramec River.  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Suckers, gigging. 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hiking  Colonel Plassmayer Wildlife Viewing Trail. This is a segment of the Ozark Trail. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. A Disabled Accessible Hunting Area for deer hunters is available for those with a method exemption with approval of a special use permit from the area manager. Fall deer/turkey booklet.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites  16  Primitive camping allowed September 15 through May 15. Day use only through the remainder of the year. Courtois Creek area and Big Eddy area have privys.  
Other Huzzah Shooting Range   
Parking Lotaccessible  Concrete pads in front of privies.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other Scotia Furnace 0.00 count The remains of the Scotia Furnace and Iron Works are located on the area. 
Spring  800.00 # gallons per day  
Stream - Permanent Courtois Creek 1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Huzzah Creek 0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Meramec River 2.50 miles  
Wildlife Watering Hole  25 4.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 43.00  
Old Field 40.00  
Lakes/Ponds 1.00  
Crop Land 43.00  
Forest and Woodland 6139.00  
Total Area Acres:6225.24 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Ozark Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 7.00 

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Shooting Range General Information






1/2 hr after sunrise to 1/2 hr before sunset

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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