After years of planning, the Bay Mills Resort & Casino in Michigan will break ground on an expansion project next spring.
The tribal casino is planning a $65 million project to generate new employment opportunities, while providing new amenities and space for guests, according to an announcement.
The three-story waterfront resort expansion will include adding 134 additional rooms with balconies, a deli, spa with massage therapy rooms, pool with splash pad, hot tubs, nail salon, fitness center, arcade, conference space and storefront, the casino said in an announcement.
The employee break room will also get a face lift, adding additional space and amenities for staff. The exterior plans include new fishing piers, gardens, gazebos and outdoor patios, as well as marina upgrades.
The casino said that it will “bid out the project this winter,” and expects to break ground in spring 2023, with completion the following year.
“Bay Mills Resort & Casino is well loved by its visitors,” said BMRC General Manager Richard LeBlanc. “This expansion will allow us to take things one step further to meet the needs of our guests, while also providing them with a one-of-a-kind experience on Lake Superior.”
Opened in 1995, the casino currently employs more than 200 people and has more than 600 slot machines and eight table games. It currently has two restaurants, a golf course, gift shop, hotel, and RV-Park.
There’s also a DraftKings retail sportsbook under construction, slated to open next month.
“Bay Mills Indian Community has long been a leader in Indian Country,” said BMIC President Whitney Gravelle. “Expanding our enterprise operations will allow us to continue to grow and become the number one destination in the Upper Peninsula. I’m so proud of our team and our tribal nation for this achievement.”
The casino is one of over 20 tribal casinos in the Wolverine State. The State of Michigan entered into compacts with 12 Native American tribes. The 12 compacts have produced 24 Class III tribal casinos located throughout the state. In addition, gaming regulators authorized three commercial casinos and 11 tribes to launch internet gaming and internet sports betting in 2021.