History of the Resort

Cedar Creek Resort & RV Park

Timeless & Historic

Cedar Creek Resort & RV Park, 167 Acres of tranquility & you’re invited…

Our Story

Greg & Linda Ordway first walked onto the 167-acre property, now called Cedar Creek Resort & RV Park, in the fall of 2009. Originally a farm, the Loyd family that previously owned it decided to improve the property and create 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, a riding arena was added and the property housed a race horse.

When John and Clarice Peters bought the acreage, they had a vision to make it a corporate retreat for executives. It was named Cedar Creek Lodge in the early 2000s. Even before the new owners bought the property, John knew he was facing a diagnosis of cancer. Despite this, he was convinced he could beat the disease and pressed forward to pursue this dream. He turned the indoor riding arena into a snack bar and skeet shooting gun club. Additionally, he built six 2 bedroom/2 bathroom 800 sq ft. cabins. In 2008, John died before he could see his dream fulfilled. 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 Ordways actually put in an offer on the property in May of 2010, their son, Jonathan, was looking to elope with his fiancé, Becky Jo Howard. The bank was willing to work with them and push the closing date so the wedding could be the first “official” event that Cedar Creek Resort held in August of 2010. The family took their beautiful wedding photos to showcase the property to two wedding shows that fall. They quickly had 14+ weddings booked for the upcoming 2011 season. For the next 5 years Cedar Creek Resort was known as one of the most popular and prettiest wedding venues in the state of Missouri.

In addition to being a wedding venue, Cedar Creek had a unique opportunity to utilize the property and combine their passion of helping those with special needs. The Ordways have been providing oversight for special needs men since 1988. They had several homes in the Columbia area and 2 homes in Branson where Greg and Linda, along with their staff, provided oversight for these men with various types of physical, mental and emotional disabilities. In their initial proposal to the bank for the property the Ordways presented 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 Ordways could start a job development program. This lined up perfectly with their mission, as one of their main focuses was training and finding 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.

In 2015, owners Greg and Linda Ordway felt like they should utilize the property for more Christian events and conferences. They stopped hosting weddings and moved their focus towards holding ministry events and conferences on the acreage and providing lodging for multi-day events. As conference attendance steadily grew, people started asking about other forms of lodging. The Ordways considered building more cabins or actually putting a hotel on the property. After much research, it was decided that an RV park would be a better alternative for an initial investment. In 2017 the decision was made to start building 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 at the 40- site full-hook up RV park. Since then it has provided nightly and weekly accommodations for travelers and has expanded to include a monthly option for short-term housing for construction workers and traveling nurses. Expansion has continued as RV travel has become more and more popular. In July 2023 more pull thru sites were added to the west side of the RV park pond. Cedar Creek continues to be a respite for weary travelers as well as provide additional lodging options for conference participants to stay at the property.

In addition to the RV park expansion in 2023, Cedar Creek Resort added a brand new event center in 2022. This new 6,000 sq ft building, with a beautiful wrap around deck, allows guests to take in the views of Newman Lake and provides a versatile space for a variety of large events. In 2024, a brand new multi-purpose building will be open for guests and will provide additional laundry facilities, restrooms, and showers, as well as a open room that can be used for small meetings.

2024 CCR Calendar is Here!

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