Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino

Whether you’re a golfer who wants to dabble in some gambling, or a big fan of slot machines who wants to play a round of golf, the Lac Vieux Desert Resort and Casino has something for everyone.

The Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course and the Northern Waters Casino Resort together make up the property, which is located in the Ottawa National Forest in Watersmeet, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The forest gives the course a beautiful, scenic backdrop and adds an authentically Michigan style all its own.

Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are all popular recreational activities in this national forest that has numerous rocky wetlands. Gamblers who also enjoy the outdoors and golf will appreciate the northwoods atmosphere and the peaceful surrounding forest. The golf course features lush bluegrasses cut to just above a half-inch in length, and says its roughs require discipline and skill from players.

Lac Vieux Desert Resort and Casino also offers lots of dining, hotel and entertainment options in addition to golf. The variety, along with the closeness to the Ottawa National Forest, makes this casino a great destination for gamblers of all persuasions.

Address and Phone Number


Northern Waters Casino Resort
N5384 US 45
Watersmeet, Michigan 49969

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 129
Watersmeet, Michigan 49969

You can also contact the resort and casino directly at 906-358-4226.

Lac Vieux Desert Rewards Program

Bettors can take advantage of the casino’s Superior Club Card Membership. The smart option is to sign up as soon as you get to the casino, to make sure you start earning points immediately that you can use for casino free play.

Members also qualify for cash prizes and giveaways. You never know if you’re going to win a random cash prize, and the only requirement to be eligible is to sign up for the card, so it’s a good use of your time.

Members can win $100 in free play just by signing up for the card. Free play can also be earned, and 100 points is equal to $1 in free play and players can earn up to $300 total. Once you hit that number you’ll stop earning points, so make sure you’re using points frequently.

Unfortunately, points become invalid after one year. Here are a few suggestions for how to make sure you don’t lose your points and get the most out of your membership:

  • Check your points frequently. It can be easy to lose track of how many points you have.
  • Redeem points often. It’s better to redeem points as they come in instead of waiting until they’re about to expire.
  • Make sure you don’t accrue 300 points. Once you reach 300 points, any additional points will be lost, so you’ll be missing out on benefits you could be earning.

Freedom Rewards is a program for veterans that provides discounts at hotels, restaurants and the golf course.

To participate, veterans must do the following:

  • Be a Superior Club member
  • Present a form of military ID at guest services to get a Freedom Rewards card
  • Present Freedom Rewards card at time of service

Games at Northern Waters Casino Resort

Patrons will have plenty of room to stretch out on the casino’s 25,000-square-foot gaming floor. The floor features over 500 video and reel slots including video poker and video keno. Players who prefer electronic gaming can enjoy the video options presented here.

Denominations go from 1 cent to $10, so players can gamble an extremely low amount if they just want to practice a game or get more familiar with a machine. Once players understand how the game works, they can make larger bets if they’re feeling confident, but there’s no pressure.

In-house progressive jackpots are also available and give players a chance to win big.

The casino has the following video casino game machines:

  • 98 multi-denomination and/or multi-game
  • 339 penny slots
  • 3 nickel slots
  • 4 quarter slots
  • 4 $5 slots
  • 2 $1 slots
  • 6 virtual roulette machines
  • 5 virtual blackjack machines
  • 6 virtual craps machines

Table games are also available if players prefer a more traditional experience than the slot machines. They’re also a great way to break up your time even if you’re a slot machine fan.

Slot machines are available 24 hours a day. Table games are open every day from 3 p.m. to midnight.

Patrons must be 18 years or older to gamble at Northern Waters. Security will require identification when customers enter the premises.

Promotions at Lac Vieux Desert Resort and Casino

The promotions at Lac Vieux give every player a reason to keep coming back. Besides the Superior Club, other promotions range from rewarding players who’ve pumped gas into their cars on a long road trip to rewarding seniors who are ready for some gambling.

Pump and Play gives players nine points on their club card and $10 of free play to reward them for pumping gas. Even if you’re already at half a tank, it’s still not a bad idea to get eight gallons of gas at the LVD Cenex and bring your receipt into guest services.

You’ll have to fill up whether you’re making a long trip home or living in the area, so you may as well get some perks out of your trip to the gas station.

The Young at Heart promotion is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This promotion is targeted toward senior citizens and gives patrons 55 or older 10 points on their Superior Club card and $10 in free play. Seniors can also get one half-off menu item.

Dancing Eagles Hotel

The Dancing Eagles Hotel is connected to the casino, so you’ll be right next to all the action if you choose to stay there. If you’re planning a trip centered around gambling, the hotel’s a great option and features affordable rooms.

The hotel has 132 rooms with several packages and deals available. The hotel also has an indoor heated pool for those chilly Michigan nights, as well as a sauna and whirlpool.

A gift shop, convenience mart and gas station round out the experience and ensure that travelers to the casino have everything they need once they arrive, and plenty of options to prepare for their trip back.

RV locations are also available if you prefer to travel in style with an RV, with electrical and water hookups available.

The hotel offers non-smoking rooms and a full-service restaurant. Guest laundry is also available for those who plan to stay a little longer to enjoy more casino or golf action.


Sugar Bush Restaurant is a northwoods-themed restaurant that’s comfortable and welcoming to gamblers. The menus, buffets and nightly specials ensure a variety of food options are available to those who may be staying longer and eating there on multiple occasions.

Sugar Bush Restaurant has the following hours of operations:

  • Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

If you’re more interested in sports and want to kick back and enjoy some games on tons of big screen TVs, then the NW Sports Bar is the place to be. The bar features 15 televisions and craft and domestic beers.

Pool tables and darts are also available at the bar, which has the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday, 4-11 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight
  • Sunday, noon-11 p.m.

Northern Waters Cafe is a third dining option, which has been recently renovated and is located right next to the Sugarbush Restaurant. It’s only steps away from the gaming floor where you’ll be spending most of your time gambling the night away.

The cafe is great for a quick bite as they offer a variety of prepackaged, ready-to-go food and drinks. The cafe also serves Starbucks if you’d prefer some coffee to keep you focused on the gambling action.

Pizza and ice cream are available at this cafe, as variety is the name of the game here. You can get 14-inch pizzas and other items that are offered for carry-out if you’d rather eat it in the hotel room. Ice creams, shakes and malts also make a great dessert option after a tasty meal.

The cafe is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course

The 200-acre golf course is another great option to keep you busy at this resort casino. You can plan a day trip and play the front nine while enjoying some slots, or you can stay for a whole week and play a couple of 18-hole rounds on the course on two separate days.

The course is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and memberships that give players unlimited rounds of golf are also for sale.

The course was opened with an original nine holes in 1998 after two years of construction. Nine more holes were added in 2008. The golf course is welcoming to both newcomers and experienced players.

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