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Gun Lake Casino $100M Expansion Opens Summer 2021

Tribal Organization: Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi

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1123 129th Avenue
Wayland, MI 49348

(269) 792-7777

Gun Lake Casino is located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo off Exit 61 on U.S. 131.

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Lake Gun Casino 2021 Exterior2021 exterior rendering by JCJ Architecture. Courtesy of the Gun Lake Casino.

Gun Lake Casino has greatly expanded since its opening in Feb. 2011. At that time it had a 83,000-square-foot gaming floor and 1,400 slot machines.

In 2017 the casino floor was expanded to 156,000 square feet and 2,050 slot machines.

In Late 2019 Gun Lake announced a $100 million expansion project to double the size of the casino. Completion is scheduled for summer of 2021.

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News Headlines

News Gun Lake Casino reopens June 8 May 29, 2020 - Gun Lake Casino will resume operations at 8AM Monday June 8. New health and safety protocols will require all guests ro pass a temperature check at entry and wear a face mask while inside. ... Read more News Gun Lake Casino plans $100M expansion October 23, 2019 - Gun Lake Casino will soon break ground to enlarge its casino by 72,000 square feet, double the size of Stage 131, and add two upscale restaurants. The grand opening will be in the summer of 2021. ... Read more News Gun Lake Tribe celebrates 20 years of tribal sovereignty August 25, 2019 - Gun Lake Tribe received federal recognition on Aug 23, 1999 restoring its rights to self-government and to sovereignty of reservation land under the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory ... Read more More Headlines ...

2019-2021 Expansion Project

Gun Lake Casino announced a $100 expansion project in Oct. 2019 with a completion date of summer 2021.

The major features of the project include a larger gaming floor, an expanded entertainment venue and more dining options.

  • The gaming floor will be expanded by 72,000 square feet, 450 additional slot machines and 12 more table games. The additional space will include the high limits area and the smoking area as well as the main gaming floor.

  • Entertainment will be enhanced at Stage 131 by doubling its space with more seating, an outdoor patio and a new dining service.

  • Two new restaurants will be built. This will be upscale venues with details to be announced at a future date.

2016-2017 Expansion Project

A new $76-million expansion project is underway to increase the casino's square footage from 83,000 to 156,000 square feet.  Construction began in January 2016 and will finish in summer of 2017.

The following is included in the plan:

  • 450 new electronic gaming machines will bring the total to 2,050
  • Table games will increase to 42
  • A new Stage 131 will be doubled in size.
  • A new buffet restaurant with 300 seats will feature upscale American, Italian, Mexican and Asian cuisines

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Opened February 11, 2011
Operation hours: 24 hours daily
$165 million facility
83,000 square foot facility
1,400 slot machines
28 table games
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Restaurants and Bars

Sandhill Cafe - open 24/7, seats 300
Johnny Rockets - opens 11am daily
Villa Italian Kitchen
Stage 131 - live entertainment
Crossroads - open 24/7. Located on casino floor.

Fuel and Convenience Store

(Under construction)
$4.4 million, 6,700-square-foot facility
Convenience store
Subway Restaurant

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Gun Lake Casino reopens June 8

May 29, 2020

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Gun Lake Casino plans $100M expansion

October 23, 2019

Gun Lake Casino announced plans last week for a $100 million dollar expansion of its casino, entertainment and dining venues. The ground breaking for the project is expected soon and itscompletion is expected in the summer of 2021.

Lake Gun Casino 2021 Exterior EntranceRendering by JCJ Architecture. Courtesy of the Gun Lake Casino.

Gun Lake Casino President and COO, Sal Semola, said

"We have undergone a careful and detailed process to understand how to best serve the needs of our current guests - and enhanced dining, entertainment and gaming amenities are a high priority."

"These great new amenities will provide new experiences for our guests as part of our continued effort to make Gun Lake Casino the premier entertainment destination in western Michigan."

Lake Gun Casino 2021 AerialRendering by JCJ Architecture. Courtesy of the Gun Lake Casino.

The casino gaming area will be increased by 72,000 square feet. The increase will include a larger high limit area and larger smoking area. The additional space will have 450 more slot machines and 12 new table games. The total number of slot machines will become 2,500.

Stage 131 will have double the space allowing for more seats and a new outdoor patio an dining service.

Two upscale restaurants are also planned with details to be announced at a later date.

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Gun Lake Tribe celebrates 20 years of tribal sovereignty

August 25, 2019

The Gun Lake Tribe celebrated its twentieth anniversary as a federally-recognized tribe on Friday Aug 23. The tribe, formally named Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, was granted recognition status by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on August 23, 1999.

Federal recognition of a tribe establishes a government-to-government relationship with the United States and protects the tribe's right of self-government. Reservation land is sovereign land owned by the tribe and held in trust by the federal government.


August 23, 1999 - The Gun Lake Tribe received federal recognition

2000 - Tribe adopted its constitution

2001 - Tribe applied for protection of lands under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

2003 - Tribe hired Station Casinos to manage its casino project

2005 - Reservation land was restored after years of legal challenges.

2009 - Gun Lake Casino held ground breaking ceremony.

2011 - Gun Lake Casino held grand opening.

Gun Lake Tribal History

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Gun Lake Tribe has contributed $1.5 billion to Michigan's economy

December 03, 2018

The Gun Lake Casino has been in operation for seven years. In that time the casino, the Gun Lake Tribe, and Gun Lake Investments have contributed the economy of Michigan $1.5 billion.

2,600 job positions have been created to support the casino. Each of those jobs have contributed $228 million into the economy every year.

The tribe employs 1,281 people for positions in their government, investment operations, and their casino. Payroll from these positions contribute annually $48 million.

Every year $36 million is spent by the tribe to purchase goods and services from companies that are located in the state.

$109 million is paid to the state and local governments. The money is used to pay for law enforcement, infrastructure improvements, and schools.

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Gun Lake Casino opens poker room

September 21, 2018

On September 14 the new poker room was opened at Gun Lake Casino. This is the newest of the other 40 card rooms in the state.

There are 100 people employed in the card room.

It is located in the previous area where Villa Pizza and Johnny Rockets were at the casino. It is a 3,500 square foot area.

Plans for the room were announced in May after the tribe had conducted research on what amenities and games guests were interested in. This resulted in developing a space for poker.

The casino property has worked many times on projects to renovate and expand the gaming venue. In 2016 $76 million was spent to bring more slot machines and table games. Last year plans for a new parking structure were announced.

Gun Lake Casino opened in 2011. It is located south of Grand Rapids by nearly 25 miles.

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News Headlines Continued

News Gun Lake Tribe has contributed $1.5 billion to Michigan's economy December 03, 2018 - During its 7 years of casino operations the Gun Lake Tribe has conntributed $1.5 billion to the Michigan economy. ... Read more News Gun Lake Casino opens poker room September 21, 2018 - The first poker room opened this month at Gun Lake Casino. It is a nonsmoking room and features 14 tables and various games including Omaha and Texas Hold 'Em. ... Read more 09.21.2017 Gun Lake Casino plans more expansion 09.06.2017 Gun Lake Casino opens 2nd phase of its $76M expansion
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