2013 U.S. Bow Fishing Championship at Bass Pro Shops' Long Creek Marina

by Big Cedar Lodge 5. April 2013 07:37

Join us for the Bass Pro Shop and Tracker Marine Group’s 2013 U.S. Open Bow Fishing Championship on April 6th, at the Long Creek Marina Dock. We will have activities from 4-7pm Saturday for the entire family including: Free Food, Live Music, Kid’s Activities, Vendors, Giveaways, and much more!


The tournament runs from 7pm Saturday, to 7am Sunday with a Fish Weigh-In Sunday Morning.  Don’t miss your chance to see the top bowfishermen from 25 states participate in this ultra-competitive sport. The clear waters and big carp make Table Rock Lake the ideal location for this exciting event!


Parking is limited so for your convenience shuttles will be available every 30 minutes starting at 3:30pm.  Pick up will be at the Big Cedar Lodge Registration Building. For further information contact Guest Services at ext. 7107 on property or (417) 335-2777 off property.


Hope to see you there!



A Big Welcome to Patches the Pony!

by Big Cedar Lodge 3. April 2013 12:06

Cedar Mountain Stables introduces its newest edition, Patches.  Patches belonged to Big Cedar Lodge’s own Singin’ Cowboy, Clay Self.  She has a sweet, gentle demeanor and loves to have her picture taken with the kids.  If you’ve been looking for a good reason to stop by the Stables, here you go… Let’s give a big welcome to Patches!

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ RAW HIDE!

by Big Cedar Lodge 8. March 2013 16:22

Rustle up the family and join Big Cedar Lodge’s very own Deputy Birdie for a wagon ride and bonfire!  The wagon winds through the Big Cedar property and ends at a bonfire site where guests can roast S’mores and sing campfire songs with a Singing Cowboy (or Girl)! 

Don't miss your chance to enjoy some old fashioned family fun!

Spring Break 2013

by Big Cedar Lodge 27. February 2013 16:22


Spring Break in the Canyon--Dogwood Canyon Nature Park 

Wonders of Wildlife Demonstrations Join us for a special wildlife demonstration brought to you by the Wonders of Wildlife Museum. This event is complimentary with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to Great Spirit Rock Shelter in the heart of DWC, next to our authentic Tipi. Fridays: March 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10-11am Birds of Prey and 1-2pm Endangered Species

Local Flint Knapping Artist Demonstration Come and watch local Flint Knapping artists demonstrate how the Native Americans fashioned weapons. This event is complimentary with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to Great Spirit Rock Shelter in the heart of DWC, next to our authentic Tipi. Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th from 11am-2pm

Kids’ Trout Fishing Tournament There’s no place better suited to introduce a young person to fishing than DWC. Come and learn from our professional trout fishing guides, and then take what you learn and catch the biggest trout. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 biggest fish. This event is complimentary for kids 6-16 with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to the Hope Wilderness Chapel. Saturdays: March 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 11am with Demo on fishing equipment and techniques, Tournament starts at 11:30am for one hour.

Fly Fishing We offer half-day guided catch and release, fly casting clinics, and hourly self-guided opportunities to catch and keep or release.

Segway Modern innovation comes to the wilderness! Experience the adventure of traveling via Segway through Dogwood Canyon’s most breathtaking sites on this round trip tour to the Glory Hole, a magnificent blue-green pool where some of our largest trout reside. We also offer advanced Segway tours for more experienced riders with a round trip tour to Wishbowl Falls.


Check Out Big Cedar Lodge's Spring Break Activities

A Note From Friends

by Big Cedar Lodge 13. February 2013 09:52

Dear Big Cedar Lodge,

Thank you for the opportunity to share our wonderful experience at Big Cedar Lodge.  We loved the entire resort, how well thought out it is and how it absolutely has something for everyone.  We truly enjoyed the décor with all of the animal mounts and rustic charm.  It was quite evident that you truly care about those clients who stay with you and want to make them feel as welcome and comfortable as possible in this “home away from home” environment.  We enjoyed the horse-drawn carriage ride and the driver was so personable and knowledgeable.  Dogwood Canyon was breathtaking!  As fellow business owners, we admire and appreciate the use of the Big Cedar logo in everything from the wrought iron railings to the entertainment centers to the cookies left in our room each night.  We are excited to come back because there is so much more that we want to see and do “next time,” which we hope will be very soon!


Thanks for providing such a first class resort for everyone to enjoy!

Paul and JoEllen Gonzales

Longmont, Colorado  


Check out our Spring Break 2013 Activities!  We have some exciting things planned for families, kids, and over 21. 

Go to: http://www.big-cedar.com/Page/Spring-Break-2013.aspx

Long Creek Marina

by Big Cedar Lodge 7. February 2013 16:23

Relax; we’ve got you covered….



Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina


As a member of the Bass Pro Shops family, Long Creek Marina offers top of the line Tracker Boat rentals and the newest water sports equipment available on Table Rock Lake.  Our knowledgeable staff can arrange professional fishing guide services or set up ski instruction.  The Marina also has groceries, apparel, and camping supplies in a family-friendly, convenient location.


Boat Rental: Fishing Boats, Pontoons, Ski Boats, and Deck Boats


Personal Watercraft Rental: Skis, Tubes, Kneeboards, and Wakeboards


Professional Fishing Guides:  Local Guides with Knowledge of the Best Angling Equipment and Techniques including Conventional Pole and Bow Fishing


Ski School: Shalom, Kneeboard, Wakeboard, and Barefoot Ski Instruction (Beginning Memorial Day)


Lady Liberty Boat:  A custom built 62’ luxury dinner yacht captures the beauty of a by-gone era while employing the modern amenities of today.  The distinctive yacht holds up to 49 guests comfortably, and is available for private celebrations as well as corporate and group events.  Add a touch of sophistication and charm to your next dining event; cruise the lake aboard the Lady Liberty!       


Arriving by water, Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina is located just south of the 86 Hwy Bridge, directly across from Brush Creek.  The private marina offers pay-at-the-pump gas services, over 195 boat slips, and calm quiet waters for docking.  


Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina

1378 Long Creek Road

Ridgedale, MO 65739






Meet Ben, Big Cedar Lodge's Horse of the Month

by Big Cedar Lodge 1. February 2013 10:41

Name: Ben


Approximate age: 15


Breed: Percheron/Paint Cross


Purchase date: 1999, by previous stables manager, and current Buzzard Bar entertainer, Clay Self. Ben was approximately 2 years old when purchased. He was purchased as a riding horse, but kept getting bigger and bigger, so he got moved up to being a wagon horse, then trained to pull the carriage.


Favorite Treats: apples, carrots, and marshmallows




Behaviors: Ben is a very athletic horse, he likes to work. He is a carriage horse on BCL property. Occasionally you will find him paired up with Willy, one of our Belgium horses and pulling a wagon. Ben is a very friendly horse and loves to have his picture taken; in fact, he will even pose when you say his name. He spends most of his time hanging out with our miniature Shetland pony, Goober. They are best friends, or should we say, best trouble makers J


Ben is a favorite horse among our wranglers…..except when it comes to bath time! With all that white on him, he is really hard to get clean! He is also a favorite among our guests because of his unique coloring and great disposition.  He has pulled the carriage for many weddings, some even at DWC. Ben is our February Horse of the Month!!  Stop by and have your picture taken with Ben, and kids will receive a special surprise.



Load Up the Wagon, It's Time for the Holiday Light Tours!

by Big Cedar Lodge 15. November 2012 12:19

There is something inherently Christmas about loading up in a horse drawn hitch wagon decorated in holiday greenery, and heading out to view the Big Cedar Christmas lights. I had the opportunity to take my first Holiday Wagon Light Tour this week, and I know it will be a part of my holiday traditions for years to come.

From the moment we climbed into the wagon, I felt like I was entering a Currier & Ives Christmas card. I recommend dressing warmly, but each wagon carries enough blankets to warm the toes of every guest.  Before we left the loading area, we had snuggled into our seats and were comfortably awaiting the ride ahead.

The tour took us by the many beautifully decorated Big Cedar buildings and cabins.  Looking up the hillside, Falls Lodge, Grandview, and Springs Lodge shimmered in the crisp night air.  But it wasn’t just the sights that made the ride so memorable.  From the clip-clop of hooves, to the smell of fresh hay, to the pitch of the wagon as we made our way throughout the property; every sensory element said “The Holidays are Here… Enjoy!”

Our wagon included a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and a couple who had planned a quick stop at Big Cedar, but after one day, they changed their plans to a week-long vacation stay.   Also in our hitch, we met a young couple who were regulars to the Lodge, but had brought their baby daughter for her first Holiday Light tour.  Each of us from different places and walks of life, but together we made a lasting holiday memory as we exchanged names, stories, and Big Cedar anecdotes.

We unloaded from the wagons at the bonfire site in front of Truman Coffee and Café.  There, we sang Christmas songs with the Singin’ Cowboy, drank hot chocolate, and roasted S’mores over a blazing campfire.   The evening was complete as the last verse of “Silent Night” lingered above the holiday carolers… Currier & Ives couldn’t have designed a better ending to a more beautiful night! 


The Paint Out Begins!

by Big Cedar Lodge 23. October 2012 09:53

The week-long Big Cedar Lodge Plein Air Paint Out event began yesterday with a workshop hosted by John Budicin.  Specializing in outdoor painting, he met with a small group and gave private instructions on painting en plein air. 

 John will give several public demonstrations over the next few days.  Be sure to check the Big Cedar website for more information. 

C.A.S.T. For Kids

by Big Cedar Lodge 5. October 2012 12:53
Big Cedar hosted the CATCH A SPECIAL THRILL (C.A.S.T.) FOUNDATION for a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event at Bent Hook Marina on Sunday, September 30. The event gives special needs children the opportunity to fish and boat with area Bass fisherman on Table Rock Lake. Sponsors included U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Bass Pro Shops, Camp Barnabas, Table Rock Lake Bassmasters, Ozark Rivers Heritage Foundation, Western Taney County Fire and Developmental Center of the Ozarks.

Each child received a free rod and reel, C.A.S.T. t-shirt and hat, a tackle box, and tackle to take home. All children, no matter their disability, had the opportunity to fish the lake from a boat. Upon return, the families and volunteers were treated to a fish fry provided by Bass Pro Shops; and as a special keepsake, the children received a mounted picture of themselves with their fishing guides.

The Bryant family from Arkansas found out about the event through Camp Barnabas, a summer camp geared towards the needs of exceptional children. Both of their children, Seth and Shai, have special needs and attended the camp this past summer.

“Camp Barnabas gave our children a chance to be normal,” explained Tonya Bryant. The children were able to zip line, rock climb, and take part in other activities not usually available to them.

“There was someone with the kids at all times, and it was good for them to gain some independence from us. But also my husband and I felt completely comfortable with the care and supervision they received.”

So when they found out about the C.A.S.T. for Kids event, they really wanted their children involved. Rusty and Tonya used to love boating before having children, so being out on a boat is very special to them.

Seth, the couple’s oldest child, was born with cerebral palsy. “He is physically fine, but mentally special,” Tonya states.

Seth is the first to drop his line in the water, and from his excitement, you’d never know that convincing him to come had been a challenge. Tonya explains that he didn’t want to come because he suffers from separation anxiety. The family is split up into two bass boats, but they remain within a few feet of each other.

Shai, the younger of the Bryant’s children, was three-years-old when she was involved in an accident resulting in a brain stem injury. For two weeks, the family was unsure if she would make it. She spent months in a wheelchair and had to relearn to walk and talk.

“She struggles with balance,” Tonya states. “I have to keep my hand on her to steady her.”

Once situated in the boat though, Shai is all smiles. When the Bass Pro hands her the fishing-pole, she patiently watches the bobber.

“Patience is one of the traits you have to have to be in our family,” states Tonya. Although Shai is in 4th grade, she has only recently learned to ride a bike without training wheels, skip, and is now playing on a softball team.

“I’m not a very good fisherman,” Shai comments. We’ve been out on the water for almost an hour and haven’t had a nibble.

“Just watch your bobber,” Tonya responds. And as if on cue, the bobber immediately goes under! Shai begins reeling, but whatever is on the end of the line wants nothing to do with joining us in the boat. Fishing Pro and guide, Dave, steps up and helps her reel in a 21” catfish.

“I love to fish!” Shai exclaims. Suddenly she has forgotten all about the conditions that challenge her; suddenly she is just a little girl catching her first catfish!

“Girls rule, boys drool!” she shouts to her brother. There is some playful bantering back and forth, but the simple joy of seeing her face makes the entire group smile. “If we had only fished from the shore, we wouldn’t have come. It means all the difference in the world to fish from a boat,” Tonya explains.

And here is where the fishing pros come in—by providing boats and guides, these children experience fishing in a way that would not normally be available to them. Many of the boats are specially outfitted for wheelchairs, and the guides focus their entire attention on the kids. Dave and Rick, the Bryant family guides, belong to the Table Rock Bassmaster Club, and every year they get a call for volunteers.

“We know there are lots of families in need of opportunities like this,” Rick explains. “We’ve been involved for five years, and we keep coming back because of moments like these!”

After catching her fish, Shai is content to play with the items in her new tackle box. Dave asks if we would like to go on a boat ride, and soon we are clipping through the water at a pretty good pace. Tonya’s hand rests instinctively on her daughter’s leg as we skim across the water.

“I’m proud of myself,” Shai states.

Tonya looks down at her daughter and smiles. “I’m proud of you too, honey!”

Tonya and I make eye contact from across the boat, and no words have to be exchanged. The reason the Bryant family traveled to Big Cedar Lodge for this event wasn’t just to catch fish; it was so their children would know they CAN catch fish.

Since 1991, C.A.S.T. has given exceptional children the opportunity to catch fish; but more than that, they’ve given them the confidence to know they CAN! On behalf of Big Cedar, we thank all the volunteers, families, and children who made the day special!

Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar is tucked into the wooded hillsides of the Ozark Mountains just 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri on Table Rock Lake. This popular vacation paradise - complete with Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park - offers cozy accommodations, delicious dining options and first class service.

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