Bay Mills Indian Community Announces Start Date for Casino Expansion


BAY MILLS, Mich. (WLUC) — After years of planning, the Bay Mills Resort & Casino (BMRC) will kick off an expansion project in the spring of 2023.

Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) President Whitney Gravelle announced the start date in a Facebook post on Wednesday. BMIC said the $65 million project will generate new employment opportunities, while providing new amenities and space for customers.

According to Gravelle, the expansion of the three-story waterfront resort will include 134 additional rooms with balconies, a deli, a spa with massage therapy rooms, a swimming pool with kiddy pool, hot tubs, a nail salon, a fitness center, arcade, conference space and storefront. The employee break room will also get a facelift, adding extra space and amenities for staff to relax and have fun. Exterior plans include new fishing piers, gardens, gazebos and outdoor patios, as well as improvements to the marina.

BMIC will bid for the project this winter and is expected to begin in the spring of 2023. Completion is scheduled for the following year. DSGW Architects, based in Duluth, will serve as the architect for the project.

“The Bay Mills Resort & Casino is very popular with its visitors,” said BMRC General Manager Richard LeBlanc. “This expansion will allow us to go even further to meet the needs of our customers, while offering them a unique experience on Lake Superior.

Opened in 1995, Gravelle said BMRC employs over 200 people, offers over 600 slot machines, 8 table games, two restaurants, a golf course, gift shop, hotel and RV park . Retail bookmaker Draft Kings is set to be completed in October and will offer live sporting events, games and sports betting.

“The Bay Mills Indian community has long been a leader in Indian country,” Gravelle said. “Expanding our corporate operations will allow us to continue to grow and become the premier destination on the Upper Peninsula. I am so proud of our team and our tribal nation for this achievement.

Bay Mills Resort & Casino, owned by BMIC, is located in the Upper Peninsula on scenic Lakeshore Drive in Brimley. BMRC shares borders with the Hiawatha National Forest and is centrally located to many UP destinations, such as Tahquamenon Falls, Soo Locks, and Pt. Iroquois Lighthouse, as well as many outdoor hiking and snowmobiling trails and beaches.

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