The Gun Lake Casino in Michigan is set to get an upgrade. The Gun Lake Tribe has announced plans for a $300 million project that will add a hotel resort to the land-based casino.
This update comes as Gun Lake is preparing to complete another expansion. The facility is about to finish a $100 million upgrade that adds 76,600 square feet and includes a new gaming space that will house 450 additional slot machines, 12 table games and a larger non-smoking area.
But this new expansion announced this week is set to be the biggest since the casino debuted in 2011. Construction on the $300 million project will begin once the previous $100 million expansion is completed this summer, according to the news release.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the reputation as a leading entertainment and gaming destination in Michigan,” Sal Semola, president and chief operating officer of Gun Lake Casino, said in a statement. “As a vital business in Allegan County, we recognize our ability to invest in our local community. The elevation of our offered amenities drives our economy through tourism and directly impacts the livelihood of local citizens through the development of new job opportunities.”
The new expansion will add approximately 250,000 square feet and be built west toward U.S. 131, according to a news release. It will include a 250-key, four-diamond hotel that will include luxury suites, a full-service spa and a three-meal restaurant.
There will also be a fully enclosed glass-domed pool and a nightlife entertainment space. The release says the area will be “offering the climate and atmosphere of an island oasis all year-round.” There will also be a hot tub for guests to use, and visitors will be able to reserve private cabanas. At night, the area will include a live DJ, music, dancing and more.
“The Tribe remains steadfastly committed to reinvest in our collective future, for the benefit of tribal citizens, team members and the local community,” Gun Lake Tribal Chairman Bob Peters said in the release. "This will provide even more employment opportunities and enhance Gun Lake Casino’s position as a tourism driver for western Michigan.”
If you’re vaccinated, then a free play offer is available to you at Gun Lake Casino.
Guests who show their COVID-19 vaccination card are eligible to receive $20 in free slot play at the casino through May 31. In order to qualify, guests must have their full recommended dose of the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine in order to receive the free slot play.
“At Gun Lake Casino, we truly care about the health and safety of our community, team members and guests,” Semola said. “Receiving access to the COVID-19 vaccine brings a sense of hope for the better days we have all been wishing for. We would like to celebrate this significant milestone by thanking our guests and team members for doing their part to end the pandemic and protect their entire community.”