The Courtois Cabana is a private acre campground with crystal clear Courtois Creek
frontage and a 200 foot gravel bar. Across the river are miles of Mark Twain
National Forest. You and yours will enjoy significant privacy on this superbly tree
lined, primitive property with easy access from Highway 8. And your pets are
welcome here with no leash required!
Guests will have plenty of shady campsites in a secluded rural setting where nobody
will interrupt your good time. There is plenty of room and electric for your tents,
pop-ups and one RV. Whether your party is 1 or 25, the Cabana will always be just
for you the entire time you have it reserved. To maintain the wonderful privacy of it
all, the campground is not rented to multiple parties at the same time. The
campground includes a small shed filled with the amenities listed below. We ask
only that you treat these items with care and return them to the shed prior to your
Aluminum can recycling barrel
Buckets (2 five gallon)
Electric on pole (one 30 amp and three 20 amps)
Firewood (please see Campfires & Wood)
Lawn chairs (10 regular, 3 chaise lounges, 1-2 child)
Metal folding table (2' x 5')
Campfire pit and left rear portion of campground
Right side of campground looking down gravel road
Gravel bar and Courtois Creek upstream
Gravel bar and Courtois Creek downstream
Looking to river from campground
A prefabricated army barracks sat on this Courtois Creek property for nearly 50 years until being
purposely burned down in the spring of 2008. That old shack quickly gained "the cabana" nickname.
The dwelling is gone, but the name remains.
Upstream about 100 yards, the spring-fed Lost Creek spills into the Courtois Creek. To the left of the
camping acre is public access on the highway easement and Bass River Resort, a local outfitter, uses
that land to put in floaters during times of peak river flow. At the end of ArdPark's private road are a
few full time and part time neighbors. You may see these folks pass by in their vehicle or on their
ATV, as they give a friendly wave.
The river brings a new surprise every year depending on the amount of snow, rainfall and flooding.
The river always changes course and frequently increases or shrinks the size of the Cabana's gravel
bar. Regardless of the season, there are always a couple deep swimming holes and shallow areas for
The Courtois Cabana campground is just 3 miles from the cabins at ArdPark -- The Pines and the
All American. These venues provide a unique rental combination for large groups, family reunions or
small retreats. Cabin guests can also secure use of this property and the private river access by
purchasing day passes, as long as the campground is not already reserved by folks who are camping
The Berryman General Store, across the road from the Cabana, is closed. We are impatiently
awaiting a new owner. The Awe Right General Store, 2-1/2 miles from the campground closed June
2012 and is also for sale. The closest place to buy ice and sundries is P&L Grocery, a small country
store just 9 miles from the campground toward Potosi.
From far end of acre looking toward Highway 8
One of 3 paths to the gravel bar and river
Two of 3 paths to the gravel bar and river
Three of 3 paths to the gravel bar and river
Close up of crystal clear water
A Johnny on the Spot portable toilet is provided for our guests during peak camping season
from May 1 to September 30. Guests staying at the campground other months of the year
will enjoy off-peak camping rates and have the option to rent a portable toilet if they
Minnow trap and crackers
Minnow nets for children
Shovel and rake
Plastic buckets and assorted river toys for children
Portable BBQ grill (charcoal not provided)
Tabletop BBQ grill (charcoal not provided)
Washers game (Grandpa's homemade)
Water wings (2 pairs)
**Potable water is not available**
Copyright 2008-2014. ArdPark Cabins, LLC. All rights reserved.
On a very personal note, we must be honest to our guests by letting you know that when we purchased
this land it fulfilled a far-fetched, long-time dream to have our own private river access. Shortly
thereafter ArdPark was born and a pact was made to close the Cabana for friends and our ourselves on
the Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July weekends. We hope you will understand our little bit
of selfishness and consider staying any other time. If we end up planning not to close the Cabana on a
holiday weekend, a notice will be posted on this page.
The Cabana is open yearly from about April 15 through November 15.