Gun Lake Casino Will Expand Again, Announcing Resort Plans

Gun Lake Casino, located in Wayland, Michigan, has even more changes in mind.

Upon completion of the current $100 million renovation this summer, Gun Lake will embark on an even more ambitious expansion, according to an announcement by the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians in Michigan (also known as the Gun Lake Tribe). A planned $300 million expansion will transform Gun Lake Casino into a hotel resort.

The plan includes a 250-room, four-diamond hotel with an adjacent restaurant that will make Gun Lake one of the largest casino/resorts in Michigan.

Gun Lake Casino also has plans a full-service spa on the property as part of the expansion. They will also build a year-round island oasis, a glass dome with swimming pool, as well as private cabanas. The new plan calls for a “nightlife entertainment space” to provide music and dancing for guests.

The current expansion, which is slated to be completed by mid-summer, adds two restaurants, the capacity for 450 additional slot machines, and 12 table games.

A sports betting area was opened at Gun Lake Casino earlier this year and has proved popular as Michigan gamblers experience their first taste of legal sports betting.

Gun Lake Casino Impact On Michigan Economy

According to the Gun Lake Tribe, the casino has been a boon for locals, pumping $35 million into Allegan County since it opened in 2011. The casino has generated $2.8 billion for Michigan’s economy in the last ten years.

Casinos licensed in Michigan pay an 8.4 percent tax rate on adjusted gross sports betting receipts. The State of Michigan receives about half of that tax, and the rest is funneled to local governments. Those monies are used for economic development in the state and local communities.

The Gun Lake Casino reports that they employ more than 350 people, and expansion projects add more than 1,000 to that number for short and long-term construction contracting.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.