Huzzah Creek (Meramec River)

Huzzah Creek

Dillard Mill on the Huzzah
Country United States
Main source West Fork
37°34′50″N 91°16′52″W / 37.5806°N 91.2810°W / 37.5806; -91.2810 (West Fork Huzzah Creek (source))
2nd source East Fork
37°34′26″N 91°10′26″W / 37.5740°N 91.1740°W / 37.5740; -91.1740 (East Fork Huzzah Creek (source))
River mouth Meramec River, about a mile upstream of Onondaga Cave State Park
38°01′52″N 91°13′40″W / 38.0311°N 91.2278°W / 38.0311; -91.2278 (Huzzah Creek (mouth))Coordinates: 38°01′52″N 91°13′40″W / 38.0311°N 91.2278°W / 38.0311; -91.2278 (Huzzah Creek (mouth))
Basin size 266 sq mi (690 km2)[1]
Physical characteristics
Length 35.8 miles (57.6 km)
  • Average rate:
    310 cu ft/s (8.8 m3/s)[2]

Huzzah Creek (local pronunciation: /ˈhzɑː/) is a 35.8-mile-long (57.6 km)[3] clear-flowing stream in the southern part of the U.S. state of Missouri. According to the information in the Ramsay Place Names File at the University of Missouri, the creek's name "is evidently derived from" Huzzaus, one of the early French versions of the name of the Osage people.[4]

The Huzzah's headwaters are in the Mark Twain National Forest in northern Reynolds County. It flows northward through the Missouri Ozarks, roughly paralleling the course of Courtois Creek to its east, until it enters the Meramec River shortly after passing under the Crawford County Highway E bridge. Along its course it flows through the Dillard Mill State Historic Site and, near its confluence with the Meramec, the 6,225-acre (2,519 ha) Huzzah Conservation Area.[1]

The creek is popular for camping, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. It is surrounded by limestone bluffs and stands of native pine, oak, and hickory trees; and at normal water levels it has no sections of difficulty greater than grades I and II.[1] The St. Louis Riverfront Times cited the creek as the "Best River for Float Trips" in 2011.[5]


  1. 1 2 3 "Upper Meramec Section: Huzzah Creek Watershed" (PDF). The Meramec River Basin Almanac. East-West Gateway Council of Governments. pp. 11–12. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  2. "USGS 07014000 Huzzah Creek near Steelville, MO". National Water Information System: Web Interface. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  3. "Watershed Evaluation and Comparison Tool". Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  4. "Crawford County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
  5. "Best River for Float Trips - 2011: Huzzah Creek". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
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