PAWHUSKA, Okla. – Officials with Osage Casinos have released renderings and more details of a planned new property in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

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The new property is part of a new entertainment district in Missouri announced last fall by the Osage Nation. The project is expected to be completed in multiple phases with an estimated $60 million investment in the region, bringing new jobs, tourism and revenue for the Lake of the Ozarks community.


Osage Nation Lake Ozark Hotel Casino location. The Osage Nation owns 28 acres of land at the intersection of Bagnell Dam Boulevard and Osage Beach Parkway. This is the site of the former Quality Inn Hotel. The hotel was razed in April 2022. This is almost directly across from Menard’s and other shopping.

“We look forward to collaborative work with the local community and state of Missouri,” Osage Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear states in a recent press release. “We will provide positive economic benefits to the Osage people, as well as those who reside on Osage ancestral lands.”

Historically, the Osage Nation once thrived in Missouri with a population of as many as 200,000 members of the Osage Nation at its height.

The actual location is still unknown however last fall officials stated it would be in Miller County, meaning it would have to border the northeastern side of the lake. The planned property includes a casino, hotel, meeting space and event center, among other amenities.

“We are thrilled to release these renderings to Osage Nation members in a time when Chief Standing Bear is conducting monumental cultural efforts in our ancestral lands,” said Byron Bighorse, CEO of Osage Casinos. “Our casino has been nationally recognized for providing world-class gaming, and we are excited to bring this opportunity to Lake of the Ozarks.”

Phase 1 of the process includes construction of a casino, sports bar, restaurant, and meeting space. Additionally, it also includes a hotel, which will have general hotel rooms, suites, a fitness and exercise facility, a pool and hot tub, and a pool bar. Phase 1 construction is expected to start upon approval from the Department of Interior.

Future amenities include more casino space, additional food and beverage options, meeting space and an event center.

Stay with Joplin News First and KOAM News Now as we continue to learn more.


Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.