CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI – An Upper Peninsula casino is set to expand.
Bay Mills Resort & Casino in Chippewa County announced this week that it will soon break ground on a $65 million expansion project “after years of planning.”
Officials with the Bay Mills Indian Community say the expansion will generate new employment opportunities, while providing new amenities and space for guests. The three-story waterfront resort expansion includes 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 employee break room will also get a face lift, adding additional space and amenities for staff to relax and enjoy themselves. The exterior plans include new fishing piers, gardens, gazebos and outdoor patios, as well as marina upgrades.
“Bay Mills Resort & Casino is well loved by its visitors,” said BMRC General Manager Richard LeBlanc in a statement. “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 resort employs more than 200 people, features more than 600 slot machines, eight table games, two restaurants, a golf course, gift shop, hotel, and RV-Park.
The Draft Kings retail sportsbook is expected to be complete in October and will feature live sporting events, gameplay, and sports betting.
The project will be bid out the project this winter, and expects to break ground in spring 2023, with completion the following year. DSGW is serving as architect for the project.
“Bay Mills Indian Community has long been a leader in Indian Country,” said BMIC President Whitney Gravelle in a statement. “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.”
Bay Mills Resort & Casino is situated on scenic Lakeshore Drive in Brimley. It shares boundaries with the Hiawatha National Forest, and is centrally located to many U.P. destinations, such as Tahquamenon Falls, Soo Locks and Pt. Iroquois Lighthouse.
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