Northern Waters Casino

Open year-round, the Northern Waters Casino & Resort offers 488 slot machines, 4 virtual casino games, and sports betting for the ultimate casino experience. With deluxe golf courses, luxury amenities, and high-end accommodations, this is a great place for anyone to relax and enjoy a casino getaway.

Fact Sheet

Northern Waters Casino
Northern Waters Casino
First Opened 1996
Address Grand Rapids, MI
    ✍️ Written by
    Ty Bronicel
    ✅ Fact checked by
    Darena Rodrigues
    🗓 Updated
    Aug 8th 2023

    Northern Waters Casino & Resort Review - Watersmeet, MI

    The Northern Waters Casino & Resort is owned and operated by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. The gaming floor offers 25,000 square feet of casino fun with over 500 video and reel slot machine games.


    Stay in one of the 132 Dancing Eagles Hotel rooms connected to the casino. Guests can also take advantage of the 18 hole, 200 acre Ottawa National Forest Golf Course. The golf course is located just feet away from the casino.

    The casino was once known as Lac Vieux Desert Resort and Casino. In 2017, the Casino rebranded and changed its name to Northern Waters Casino & Resort.

    Northern Waters Casino Resort is a picturesque resort and casino located in the beautiful Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


    Northern Waters Casino & Resort - Watersmeet, MI Fact Sheet

    First opened:  1996
    Phone number: (906) 358-4226
    Address: N5384 US-45, Watersmeet, MI 49969
    Minimum gambling age?:  18
    Online Betting website:

    None Yet

    Hotel available:  Yes
    Number of table games:  4
    Number of slots:  488

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    Casino History 

    Northern Waters Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

    When the Ojibwe Nation divided and expanded westward from the Sault Ste. Marie region, the southern branch of Ojibwe, came to the Lac Vieux Desert.

    In 1934, a law was passed encouraging tribes to self-govern. Together with the formerly independent L'Anse and Ontonagon bands, the tribe is now classified as the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.


    Northern Waters Casino Resort is located on US 45 North in Watersmeet, MI about eight miles north of the Wisconsin-Michigan border in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula.

    Gaming Experience


    Slots are available for your guests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Casino patrons must be at least 18 years old to gamble.

    There is over 25,000 square feet of gaming floor for guests to enjoy with almost 500 video and reel slots. These include video poker and video keno with denominations from a penny to $10.00. There are also in-house progressive jackpots.


    Choose from a variety of classic and progressive slot machines. Northern Waters Casino Resort offers over 450 video and reel slots including video poker and video keno with denominations from a penny to $10.00. Guests will find 341 penny slots, 52 video poker machines, four .25 cent slot machines, four $5.00 slot machines, two $1.00 slot machines and more.

    Some of the slots offered include Birds Of Prey, Blossoming Fortune, Buffalo Gold, Dragon Flies and more.

    Table Games

    Northern Waters Casino Resort offers 4 virtual table games that offer everything from virtual Roulette and virtual Blackjack to virtual craps. Table games are available Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am.

    Casino Online Experience & Online Sports Betting 


    The Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet and PointsBet Michigan LLC was among the first to offer Michiganders online betting and online casinos in Michigan. PointsBet is a sports betting and online gaming operator based in Australia.


    The PointsBet app is easy to download and offers market-leading speed and ease of use for Michigan sports betting. As a sports betting operator, PointsBet’s proprietary technology and commitment to an in-house approach powers everything from exclusive product features to bet types that guests can't find anywhere else. PointsBet offers the fastest response time in the industry.


    Superior Rewards Club

    Sign up for the Superior Rewards Club and win up to $100.00 in Free Play. All Superior Rewards Members qualify for both cash & prize giveaways. There are always exciting promotions and events for card holders. Joining the Superior Rewards Club is free.

    Every 100 points earned buys $1 in Casino Free Play. Guests can earn up to $300 in Free Play per day. Play with points on any of the designated slot machines on the main Casino floor.


    There are a variety of monthly and weekly promotions that are offered at the Northern Waters Casino & Resort including:

    Young At Heart: On Tuesdays and Thursdays patrons 55 and up, can earn 10 same day points on their Superior Rewards Club card. They will also receive $10.00 Free Play and & 1/2 off a single menu item at any of the food venues.

    Pump & Play: On Wednesdays and Saturdays members that purchase 10 gallons of gas will earn 11 points on their Superior Rewards Club card and receive $12.00 in Free Play.

    Sign Up Day: On the day that a member signs up, new Superior Club members may swipe at the kiosk to play the new member prize wheel game and have a chance to win up to $100.00 in Free Play.

    Birthdays: Members that come in during their birthday month will receive $10.00 in Free Play.

    Freedom Rewards: Participating Veterans may receive 25% off when visiting the Sugar Bush Restaurant, Northern Waters Cafe, Dancing Eagles Hotel & Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course.

    Restaurants | Northern Waters Cafe


    Northern Waters Casino & Resort offers quick service menu features. Choose from Starbucks, freshly baked bakery items, hand-crafted grinders and wraps, fresh-made salads, and more.

    The Northern Waters Cafe offers 14” pizzas, cheesy breadsticks, Johnsonville hot dogs, Johnsonville bratwursts, nachos, and more.

    There are eight different hand-dipped selections and soft-serve ice creams available as well. Guests can find their favorite flavors of double-thick shakes and malts, along with flurries and sundaes.


    Birch Tree Gift Shop

    The Birch Tree Gift Shop is conveniently open until 2 am. Guests can purchase Northern Waters Casino & Resort memorabilia including T-shirts, hats, jackets, and sweatshirts bearing the Casino logo, as well as locally made Native crafts. There are also dreamcatchers, beadwork, and birch bark baskets.

    With endless souvenirs and great gift ideas, Birch Tree Gift Shop is always just a short journey from the gaming floor and hotel rooms.

    The Contemporary


    Founded in 2021, The Contemporary is an art gallery specializing in modern and contemporary art. The gallery is located in the Dancing Eagles Hotel and is the first tribally owned contemporary art gallery in the nation. Additionally, dazzling exhibitions are presented on the work of legendary artists such as the elusive British street artist Banksy.

    The Cenex Convenience Store

    Guests can find everything from ethanol-free premium gas to liquor, snacks & tobacco products.

    Convenience Store Hours:

    Monday - Sunday: 6:00am to 10:00pm

    Lac Vieux Désert Golf Course


    Check out the Northern Waters Casino & Resort’s Golf Course in the great Northwoods. This challenging 18 hole, roughly 200 acre Ottawa National Forest Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, is located just steps away from the casino. Enjoy fairways filled with a rich variety of blue grasses, cut to just above a half-inch in length.

    Golfers can enjoy a beverage in the Clubhouse adjacent to our Pro Shop which carries quality brand name golf equipment and apparel for any golfing need.

    The Northern Water Event Center 

    The Northern Waters Event Center accommodates up to 450 guests. Northern Waters offers competitive rates and catering services making this the perfect venue for business meetings, social gatherings or wedding receptions.

    The Dancing Eagles Hotel | Northern Waters Casino Hotel


    Northern Waters Casino & Resorts offers The Dancing Eagles Hotel. This 132 room resort is attached to the casino. Basic rooms come with cable TV. Suite upgrades are available including

    • Minifridges
    • Microwaves
    • Fireplaces
    • whirlpool tubs

    Guests are invited to pamper themselves with an expansive suite, complete with a cozy fireplace and soothing private whirlpool. Guests can even take a plunge in the heated indoor pool and relax in the sauna or whirlpool.

    RV Parking/Campground

    The Northern Waters Casino & Resort offers an RV Parking and Campground site for $15 plus tax per day. There are only 14 spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis these spaces include electric & water hookups. Pets are allowed but must be tied up while in the campground.

    This low-key casino hotel is a 3-minute drive from Highway 2 and a 26-minute drive from fishing and hunting at Ottawa National Forest.

    Northern Waters Casino & Resort - Watersmeet, MI FAQ

    Does Northern Waters Casino & Resort have a hotel? Yes
    Does Northern Waters Casino & Resort offer online betting? Yes
    What is the closest big city to Northern Waters Casino & Resort? Merrill, WI
    Does Northern Waters Casino & Resort allow sports betting? Yes
    What is the minimum age to gamble at Northern Waters Casino & Resort 18
    When did Northern Waters Casino & Resort open? 1996

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    COVID Safety Precautions

    The Northern Waters Casino & Resort cares about its guests, employees, and the community. The casino has put in place

    • temperature checks at entrances
    • mask requirements
    • physical distancing mandates.

    Final Review

    The Northern Waters Casino And Resort is a great getaway. Whether guests are visiting on business or for pleasure there is something for everyone. This casino offers a vegas casino feel in a smaller package. Guests can indulge in the casino games, luxury accommodations and take in the beauty of Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula.