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How do we find Cedar Creek Resort?
Cedar Creek Resort is located 8 miles east of Columbia, Missouri only 1 mile off Interstate 70. Take the Route J/Millersburg exit and go ½ mile south on Rt. J towards Millersburg. Take the first gravel road to the right which is called Loyd Lane or Rd. 256. Go another 1.2 mile to the Cedar Creek Lodge sign. The Lodge, Cabins, and A-Frame  is to the left and the Conference Center is straight ahead.

Click here for a Map & Directions!

What was Cedar Creek Resort before this?
Cedar Creek Ranch was owned previously by the Clausen family.  They had the original three homes that surround Newman Lake. The Cottage, A-Frame and the Lodge were used by the family that raced horses in the 80’s and 90’s. Then a local businessman purchased it from them and named it Cedar Creek Lodge. He built the additional 6 cabins and updated the A-frame and the Lodge. He added the commercial kitchen in the Lodge and the snack bar was built inside the indoor riding arena that he converted to a skeet-shooting gallery. He had planned to use all the space as an Executive Retreat Center for corporate business meetings and a hunter’s paradise with a state-of-the-art skeet shooting operation. After his  death it sat empty for several years before Ordway Properties and Life Christian Outreach purchased it in July of 2010.

What is the WiFi connection and code?
Connect to Main Cabin and the code is lake1234 for the cabins and connect to Cedar Creek RV Guest and use lake12345 for the RV Park code. This will leave you logged in for 2 days and then you will need to re-connect.

What kind of fish are in the lake?
We are over-stocked with Bass, Crappie, Blue Gill and Catfish primarily, but there has been other kinds taken out at times as well. According to the local conservation department we could have 1,000 fish taken out every month for a year and we would finally get to a “normal” amount of fish for this size lake.

Where can I purchase fishing bait?
Closest place is the Millersburg gas station which is 4 miles south on J to the T in the road and turn left. They have a bait shop in the back corner.

Do I need a fishing license?
As long as you do not take the fish off the property there has never been a question since this is a private lake.

Where can I clean the fish I catch?
There is a fish cleaning station at the north side of Cabin #1. It has lights and electric if you want to filet your fish there as well.

How deep is this lake?
Newman Lake is 27 acres large, but averages only 4 to 6 feet deep except by the dam where it is over 18 feet deep.

Can I swim in the lake or ponds here?
Swimming in any lake or pond on our property is done at your own risk. There are no life guards and it is like any other Missouri lake that you are swimming with the local wildlife, critters and fish. We know there are several turtles and a couple muskrats that also call these waters home.

About Us

Cedar Creek Resort is now open to the public for a variety of ministry events. Nestled away and secluded from all the hustle and busyness of life, but still only 10 miles from Columbia, it is one of mid-Missouri’s best kept secrets. Less than a mile off I-70, we have had rave reviews by the families that have experienced Cedar Creek Resort. Cedar Creek Lodge itself sits on a beautiful 25-acre lake and features a 3,000 sq. ft. deck. The lodge has a master bedroom suite that overlooks the lake as well as giving you lots of privacy. For additional accommodations there are six-2 bedroom cabins as well as a lakeside 4-bedroom A-frame. Look for our slide show of a “Little Peace of Heaven” .

Call 573-239-8340 for your tour today. Many dates are still available.


General Information
Find 167 acres with a variety of settings to host your ministry or event. We offer lodging in modern cabins and A-frame that house up to 60 people comfortably! Large or small, we can accommodate your individual style. Whether you would like us to arrange it all or you want to have outside vendors handle the details, we are flexible. There is a even a certified commercial kitchen available if you want to bring your own chef or our preferred caterer! There is a minimum  of a two night stay. Discounts, if applicable, are taken off of posted rack rates and may not be combined with special packages or offers. Sales tax is not included in the rates. All of our accommodations are smoke-free. Check-in is 2 pm and check-out is at 10am.


  • Beautiful great lodge with massive fireplace, gathering area and swinging sofas
  • 3,000 sq. ft. deck over the 25-acre lake
  • 6 Level 3,000 sq. ft lodge with spacious Lodge master bedroom
  • 6 – 800 sq. ft. 2 bedroom/2 bathroom cabins
  • Picnic facilities and grills
  • Fishing pier and cleaning station
  • 2,200 sq. ft. Rustic A-Frame that sleeps 12-15 – Recently remodeled and expanded
  • A-frame includes newly expanded large deck
  • In-cabin coffee makers with samples of Cedar Creek Coffee, roasted on property
  • Newly built RV Park with brand new laundry and bathhouse
  • RV Park features a private lake for fishing and small beach with swimming area
  • Fire pits and picnic tables at every RV site
  • 5,000 sq. ft. conference center with state-of-the-art technology


  • Dog park Fall 2021
  • Multiple playgrounds
  • Water sports – paddleboat and pontoon boat
  • Several multi-purpose trails through woods and natural prairie
  • Pet the horses that live on property
  • Internet access and free WiFi available
  • Televisions with DVD/VHS players
  • Lending library in the registration office for DVDs, VHS, books and tapes.
  • Lots of fish:

Located on 167 acres of the newly discovered “Peace of Heaven on Earth”, Cedar Creek Resort which is located in Mid-Missouri. It offers all the amenities you desire in a vacation destination, nestled in a beautiful natural setting around a 25-acre lake.

For more information or to reserve your cabin today: Request for Information Form or call 1-573-239-8340.

Beneath the mature trees around Newman Lake, the cabins at Cedar Creek Resort capture the essence of the classic family retreat. The newly constructed, upscale cabins feature professional interior design creating a charming, welcoming atmosphere.

The cabins have one bedroom on the main floor with a Queen size bed and a full bathroom. . Upstairs there is another loft bedroom with a ¾ bathroom.  All cabins include beautiful mini kitchens, the living room area is furnished in log cabin style motif with a few having sofa sleepers while others have log-style futons. There is a vhs/dvd player and lcd television. Outside you will find a deck with a swing and chair to watch the sunset over the lake. Out back you can enjoy the picnic tables and grills available for your use.


  • 6 cabins are nestled between the main lodge and the A-Frame around the 25-acre lake.


  • A-Frame sits at the south end of the lake with a private deck that makes for great fishing. It has a full kitchen and a woodstove in the corner of the large living/dining area. This 2,200 sq. ft. rustic home sleeps 10 with a ¾ bathroom on the first floor.
  • Resort includes a multi-purpose trail system through woods and natural prairie and use of all the amenities at Cedar Creek

History of the Resort

Greg & Linda Ordway first walked on the 167-acre property now called Cedar Creek Resort & RV Park in the fall of 2009. It had formerly been a farm before the Loyd family that owned it decided to create the Newman Lake. Later it was owned by three fraternity brothers who built three separate homes around the lake and enjoyed spending summers there with their families. At one point the property housed a race horse before John and Clarice Peters purchased it to make a corporate retreat for executives. John Peters was the one who had a vision for the potential of the ranch as a resort and started to develop the property. Cedar Creek Lodge was it’s name in the early 2000’s. John died in 2008 before he could see his dream fulfilled. He had built six 2 bedroom/2 bathroom 800 sq. ft. cabins and turned the indoor riding arena into a snack bar and skeet shooting gun club. He actually knew he had cancer before he purchased the place, but he was convinced he could beat the disease and pursued his dream. The bank took it over in a friendly foreclosure and Jim Arens was the caretaker while the bank had possession and started looking for a buyer. The bottom falling out of the real estate market in 2008 did not help the bank find a willing buyer.

When the Ordway’s actually put an offer on the property in May of 2010 their son, Jonathan, was looking to elope with his fiance, Becky Jo Howard, formerly from Georgia. That’s when the Ordway’s decided they were going to see if the bank would be willing to let them have a wedding on the property. They had not closed yet, but had made the offer and the bankers were more than willing to push the closing so the wedding could be the first “official” event that Cedar Creek Resort held in August of 2010. They took the wedding photos from that one event and attended two wedding shows that fall where they had over 14 weddings booked in less then 2 months for the upcoming 2011 season. For the next 5 years it was known as one of the most popular and prettiest wedding venues in the state of Missouri.

In 2015 they felt they were to consecrate the property to more Christian events and conferences. They stopped having weddings and started being approached by groups to hold conferences on the acreage with lodging for about 60 people. With more people asking about other forms of lodging the Ordway’s looked into options of building more cabins or actually putting a hotel on the property. It was decided that an RV Park would be a better alternative for an initial investment. In 2017 the decision was made to start an RV Park on the north side of the property. It took almost a year, but in October of 2018 the first official RV was invited to stay to a 40-site full-hook up RV Park. There has been at least 2 to 35 campers there every night since. They provide nightly, weekly or monthly options for short-term housing for construction workers and traveling nurses.

The Ordway’s have been providing oversight for special needs men since 1988. They have several homes in the Columbia area and 2 homes in Branson where they and their staff provide oversight for these men with various types of physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Their initial proposal to the bank for the property offered the possibility that there could be a few Independent Supported Living homes’ as well as one group home. The state denied that offer saying they were no longer approving any institutional settings for homes. They came back with a suggestion that the Ordway’s could start a job development program as that was the next focus for employment for those individuals with disabilities. They received their contract under the name of Life Enterprises for pre-vocational services, job development, community employment and day hab in 2011. The property was primarily used Monday through Friday to help individuals with a broad range of disabilities to learn to hold down employment. This has been the primary focus of Cedar Creek Resort & RV Park for the last several years.

Around Town

Don’t feel like cooking? Columbia’s college town feel provides an unbeatable lively atmosphere and top-notch bar food on every corner. Head 15 minutes down the road toward the University of Missouri and explore some of the state’s best restaurants and bars. 

For a fun family afternoon, exercise your minds and visit some of the area’s many museums and galleries. Just minutes from some great educational destinations like the Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Art and Archaeology, and the beautiful Mizzou Botanical Garden, Cedar Creek is the perfect place to work out your body and your mind.

Also nearby for your convenience: 

Walmart Supercenter – 1415 Conley Road, Columbia, MO 65201 – (573) 499-4935
Hyvee – 25 Conley Rd, Columbia, MO 65201 – (573) 442-7703
Short Stop (Fishing supplies, bait, groceries, pizza, chicken, cafe style) – 4425 State Road J, Fulton, MO 65251 – (573) 642-9580

Medical Care:
Hospital: Boone Hospital Center – 1600 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 – (573) 815-8000
Urgent Care: Broadway Urgent Care East – 401 N Keene St, Columbia, MO 65201 – (573) 876-1677
Mizzou Quick Care Conley Located inside Hyvee Grocery – 25 Conley Rd, Columbia, MO 65201 – (573) 884-0169

Hiking, Biking & Outdoor Activities: 
Katy Trail State Park – This park/trail system runs on the abandoned roadbed of the old Missouri-Kansas Texas rail line. The trail is 200 miles long and has been a hiking/biking route that extends from Sedalia to St. Charles, Missouri. The scenic trail follows the Missouri River and passes towering limestone bluffs, wetlands, forests, and historic railroad/river towns.
Rockbridge Memorial State Park – Located just a couple miles south of Columbia off of Providence road. The Park features hundreds of acres of hilly, forested terrain and includes a multitude of hiking trail. Rockbridge State Park is home to the Devils Icebox, a cave and underground stream system. The park also features sinkholes, a spring, and its namesake of course, a rock bridge.
Finger Lakes State Park – This park features 1,200 acres that host a 4.5 mile kayaking/canoeing trail, a swimming beach, a 2.25 mile mountain bike trail, and more than 70 miles of off-road motorcycle and ATV Trails and a shooting range.
78 Local Area Parks & Trails that include Bear Creek Trail, Capen Park, Hinkson Creek Trail, Grindstone Nature Area, MKT Nature & Fitness Trail, Nifong Park, Phillips Park, Three Creeks Conservation Area, Twin Lakes Recreation Area, Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area, Eagle Bluffs, Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary and more.
Local Visitor Gardens – Shelter Gardens and MU Botanical Gardens offer many beautiful flowers trees, and paths for a pretty stroll. Shelter Gardens also features a school house and a Koi Pond.

Farmer’s Markets:
Boone County Farmers Market – Saturdays 8 am – 12 pm (April 16 thru October 29). The Saturday Market is located in the Columbia Mall Parking Lot(Northeast of Sears and South of Wendy’s Restaurant). The Boone County Farmers Market accepts debit and EBT cards.  All produce is grown by the seller in Boone and surrounding counties.
Columbia Farmers Market –  Experience the taste of mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market! Find us every Saturday from 8am to noon (April-October) in the ARC parking lot (1701 W Ash St.) and 9am to noon (November-March) at Parkade Center (601 Business Loop 70W).  Additionally, from May-mid October you can find us on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm in the ARC parking lot (1701 W Ash St.) and Thursday from 3 to 6 pm at The Forum Christian Church (3900 Forum Blvd). CFM has grown to become one of the premier year-round locations for locally grown and produce; offering a fun-filled afternoon with fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) accepted at all markets.  Live music every Saturday!   Rain or Shine!
Downtown Columbia Farmers & Artisan Market – Sundays 9am – 12pm, Mid-April through Mid-October. Downtown Columbia’s destination for farm fresh produce, hand crafted art and informational workshops for adults and activities for children. Find delicious breakfast and lunch options as well as live musical entertainment.

Family Fun: 
Empire Roller Rink – Roller Skating
AMF Town & Country Lanes Bowling
Lazer Lane’s Family Fun Center –  Features an arcade featuring 50+ games and pinballs, a redemption center full of treats and toys, a bowling alley with 12 new “Rock and Wow” sound and light lanes including a full-service bar. Their lazer tag arena is 3500 square feet with 20 laser tag vests. Bumper cars is the newest attraction. They also have a cafe that features fun snacks.
Disc Golf – Columbia is host to several Disc Golf parks.
Battlecreek Paintball – Open Play for everyone on Saturdays & Sundays 11am – 5pm. Weekday and Weekend Private Party sessions are also available, by reservation only.  Available everyday excluding holidays.
The Blue Note – The Blue Note has been bringing the best music and shows to the CO/MO area for over 20 years.
The Bouldering Garden – Some people are born to run, some are born ninjas, scrambling up and down walls like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard warrior with the all American obstacle course challenge.  Professional rock climbing facility.
3 Area Movie Theaters – Hollywood 14Forum 8, and the Ragtag Cinema.

Local Sports:
Missouri Tigers – Mizzou
Columbia College Cougars
Stephen’s College Stars
COMO Derby Dames Roller Derby Team

The District – Nestled between 3 colleges, The District is a live/work/play neighborhood that fosters the creative, the eclectic, and the local. Full of restaurants, gift shops, art galleries, and more.
Columbia Mall – Home to 120 Stores and 10 restaurants. The mall is home to Target, JC Penney, Barns & Noble, Dillards, and more.
Broadway Shops & Broadway Bluffs – Is home to 10 restaurants and numerous shops such as Game Stop, Paint the Town, Massage Envy, and more.
Also found in Columbia are Forum, Parkade Plaza,  Crossroads West Shopping Center and The Shoppes at Stadium. Each location features numerous restaurants, clothing and gift shops, and retail shops.

Resort Map and Location

Cedar Creek Resort can be reached from anywhere in the country. We’re just a 90-minute drive from St. Louis International Airport or a 2-hour drive from Kansas City International Airport.

Cedar Creek Resort
3251 Pine Tree Drive
Columbia, MO 65201



Directions to Cedar Creek (printable version click here)

If you are coming from Columbia Take I-70 east to the Route J/Millersburg Exit.

Turn Right onto Rout J and go 1/2 mile.

Turn Right onto Country Road 256.

Go 1/2 mile to the end of the road where you will enter into the Cedar Creek Resort property.

At the entrance of the property there is a intersection, Go left if you want to go to the registration building or the Lodge.

Go Straight if you want to go to the Conference Center.

Directions to Cedar Creek

If you are coming from St. Louis take I-70 West to the Route J/ Millersburg Exit.

Turn Left onto Rout J and go 1/2 mile.

Turn Right onto Country Road 256.

Go 1/2 mile to the end of the road where you will enter into the Cedar Creek Resort property.

At the entrance of the property there is a intersection, Go left if you want to go to the registration building or the Lodge.

Go Straight  if you want to go to the Conference Center.

Terms & Conditions

Rates are good through December 31, 2015.

Deposit & Cancellation Policy
A deposit of one night’s rental plus tax is required to confirm your reservations. This deposit will be applied to the first night of your reservation and will be applied to an early check-out. Deposits will only be refunded if a cancellation is made more than 9 months before the arrival date. On a later cancellation, or early check-out, the deposit is nonrefundable.

For large events reserving more than two cabins for more than 2 nights there is a 50% non-refundable deposit required to reserve the Resort. There is also a $500 security deposit required 60 days prior to your date that will be returned after the event there are no damages to the property.

Cabin, Lodge and A-Frame Assignments
Cabin, Lodge and A-Frame assignments are made the day of arrival. We accept request for specific units and locations and we will make every effort to honor these requests. However we cannot guarantee what will actually be assigned to you and reserve the right to upgrade as necessary.

General Information
There is a two night stay  minimum. Discounts, if applicable, are taken off of posted rack rates and may not be combined with special packages or offers. Sales tax is not included in the rates. All of our accommodations are smoke-free. Check-in is 2 pm and check-out is at 10 am.

Pet dogs or cats are welcome in some of the cabins (you must ask for a “Pet Unit”) and add a $20 per night additional fee which will be added to your room rate upon arrival. Pets are not allowed on furniture or beds. Pet owners are responsible for any damage caused by their pet inside or outside of the unit. Pets must be leashed at all times. Pet droppings are expected to be removed by pet owners.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to Cedar Creek Resort. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

The Information We Collect: This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Cedar Creek Resort website. On some pages you can request reservations or inquire for more information. The types of personal information collected at these pages are: names, event information, phone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses, amenities and additional information.

The Way We Use Information: We use the information you provide about yourself when requesting reservations or inquiring for more information only to complete that given request. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order. We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties. We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website. This information may indicate statistics/numerical data or other demographic, but we will not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals. Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment To Data Security: To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How To Contact Us: Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at 573-239-8340.

2024 CCR Calendar is Here!

We are excited to share our new 18-month 2024/2025 calendars. You can print out your own calendar or request one to be mailed to you by clicking the button and filling out the form.