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Lake Doniphan…whatever the season!

Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center is situated on 300 wooded, rolling acres surrounding two scenic lakes, just outside of Excelsior Springs, Missouri. We’re only a short traffic free drive from downtown Kansas City or the Kansas City International Airport. Whether it’s a camp, reunion, retreat, group, family, individual, men, women, adult or youth event…Lake Doniphan is a beautiful place to be year round! We also welcome non-profit and corporate entities looking for more affordable off-site business conferences or retreats.

doniphanOur 300 acres offers lots of opportunities to relax, walk, explore, boat (kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and rowboats) or fish at our two lakes. We also have outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, a GaGa Ball Pit, a nine hole disc-golf course on site and we are located next to an eighteen hole public golf course. We have several campfire sites around the property along with fireplaces inside the lodges for winter season use.

We offer a total bed count of 250 at the present time with a variety of meeting room options available with the largest supporting up to 300 guests. Our facility can accommodate up to 15 breakout rooms in seating configurations ranging from 25 to 200 guest capacities. Our Main and Mini Lodges, where our primary sleeping and meeting rooms are, all have access to free Wi-Fi.

Guests appreciate Lake Doniphan’s peaceful setting for its calming effect and the chance to stop and breathe deeply, letting go of the normal stress factors in their lives. There is something healing and restoring about the woods and the lakes that infiltrates even the busiest of people, if given a chance. Too many of us forget this, unless we deliberately schedule time apart such as for a personal or group retreat.

Groups may reserve the entire conference center if they wish, but because of the layout of the Lake Doniphan grounds, groups do not need to interact, other than to smile if they walk past each other. There are three lodges so groups can be housed in separate buildings. One guest recently commented, “It is wonderful to see the respect with which groups treat each other, regardless of their distinctly different beliefs or purpose to be here. Everyone here has always been respectful and honored other’s times for worship, meditative walks around the lake, or even an enthusiastic pickup game of basketball.” We believe it is because so many of our guests are repeat users with Lake Doniphan holding a special place in their hearts.

Founded in 1944 as a Christian youth camp, groups now visiting Lake Doniphan include people of many faiths, non-profits and business alike just looking to get away from the normal routine. Event Coordinators will appreciate our all-inclusive rates which include lodging, meals, meeting space, use of the grounds and many activities. If you’re interested in booking a December or January event be sure to ask about our Winter Retreat Discount.

To reach Kent Shelby, Executive Director, and see if you or your group might benefit from a retreat at Lake Doniphan call (816) 630-1523 or visit their website at www.lakedoniphan.com. We invite you to visit us soon!

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