Ojibwa Casinos of Michigan
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community owns and operates two different casinos that both sit near the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Located in the counties of Baraga and Marquette, the Marquette location recently expanded its facility to include over 500 slot machines, two new restaurants, a 400-seat convention center and a 1,200-seat amphitheater.
One of the new restaurants features some barbeque selections created by Dave Anderson, the founder of Famous Dave’s BBQ.
The Ojibwa Casinos offer some of the only gaming to be had in the central Upper Peninsula. The casinos situated among beautiful forests, lakes and streams with great hiking and fishing, but if you’re looking for live entertainment, you’ll also find it here.
Only the Baraga location offers adjacent hotel accommodations, while the Marquette location has hotels a few miles down road off US Highway 41, or towards Munising on M-28.
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Having started and invested in several business ventures, including the Ojibwa Casinos, the KBIC have seen their community thrive throughout recent years.
These business investments have helped maintain such organizations as the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, which has a purpose of preserving culture of the Ojibwa.
The origins of the Keweenaw community are rooted in the L’Anse Band of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians who owned the territory that became a French trading post on the peninsula during the 1700s. The L’Anse Reservation, where most of this band of Native Americans live, is the largest and oldest reservation in Michigan.
In 1934, the government required the Otonagon and L’Anse bands to reorganize their self-governments under a single entity, now known as the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.
In 1966, the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan was established by the KBIC and three other tribes.
Ever since, this organization, which now represents 11 of the 12 federally recognized tribes in Michigan, has gathered the resources of their communities in order to improve living conditions, preserve communal land and strengthen relations with state and federal governments.
The Ojibwa Baraga Casino
Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the newly renovated Ojibwa Baraga Casino is a comfortable space with a relaxed vibe that has plenty of gaming action for the most enthusiastic of gamblers.
Located near the banks of Lake Superior, this casino features over 340 slot machines of the latest titles including types of multi-poker, keno games and video games.
There’s also several popular table games at the casino which include blackjack, two-deck pitch, three-card poker, roulette, craps, Let It Ride and Texas Hold’em.
For serious bingo players, Ojibwa Baraga is the place to be. You could win jackpots that sometimes skyrocket into thousands of dollars.
If you want to hit the lanes, they also have several bowling alleys where you can compete against friends and family during one of their daily tournaments.
Their poker room is known across the U.P. as the place to go to test your card-playing prowess. If you want to give your poker skills a shot, the room is open from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. ET on Fridays and Saturdays.
Hotel Accommodations Ojibwa Baraga Casino
The Ojibwa Baraga Casino Hotel has 40 different rooms that include two jacuzzi suites and is connected to the gaming floor by a covered walkway.
All rooms at the hotel are smoke-free and have free WiFi. You’ll also have access to their heated indoor pool and relaxing sauna.
If you’re in need of a business destination sure to impress a group of clients, you could book one of their banquet halls or convention rooms and make available to clients one of the casino packages offered by the hotel.
There is nothing like enticing potential partners with the opportunity to win some big money while on a business trip.
Dining Accommodations Ojibwa Baraga Casino Hotel
Sometimes when you spend a lot of time on the gaming floor it takes your stomach to remind you that you need to take a break and recharge. Whether you need to get something quick to eat and get back to the action, or you looking to take a break and have a nice sit-down meal, Ojibwa Baraga Casino Hotel can provide you with either option.
Lucky 7s Baraga
If you need to take a load off your feet and enjoy a quality meal with plenty of appetizers and something sweet to finish it all off with, then try checking out Ojibwa’s Lucky 7s restaurant.
They offer several cuts of juicy American Grade-A beef that include prime rib, ribeyes and New York strip. They also have many fresh fish selections right out of Lake Superior like trout, whitefish and walleye.
Also featured on their menu are plenty of different burger recipes as well as a lineup of 20 different sandwiches like Philly cheesesteaks or reubens.
They’re open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Press Box Bar and Grill
For those of you who might be on a late-night hot streak and want to keep your luck rolling but know you need to fill the gas tank to keep your energy up, the Press Box keeps their grill hot late into the evening.
If you feel like celebrating a winning day at the gaming tables, they also have a dance floor and feature live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. They have drink specials on extra-large mugs of beer and cocktail mixes specific to the Upper Peninsula.
They offer all your favorite quick-bite casino favorites including pizzas, nachos, mozzarella sticks, a large variety of hamburger recipes and handmade sandwiches.
They’re open 24 hours a day and serve food until 1:30 a.m.
The Ojibwa Marquette Casino
A recent expansion project has doubled the size of this casino and there’s more gaming space than ever at Ojibwa Marquette Casino. You will find over 500 slots and a ton of brand-new games that include multi-poker, keno games and video games.
They have also expanded to include a 1,200-seat amphitheater and a 400-seat convention center.
This is a fun and friendly gaming facility that is located on groomed snowmobile trails, catering to a large portion of winter tourism.
Marquette is the fastest growing city in the Upper Peninsula and the newly expanded casino could bring a decent amount of new revenue into the area.
They have plans to open a hotel sometime in the near future, but for now, you can find lodging just a few miles away at hotels like Comfort Suites, Country Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn and Ramada. All hotels have free shuttles to and from the casino.
Table games at the casino include blackjack, two-deck pitch, three-card poker, roulette, craps, Let It Ride and Texas Hold’em.
One of their staff members is always ready to lend some advice if you need some tips with a game you haven’t played before.
Dining Accommodations Ojibwa Marquette Casino
The Ojibwa Marquette Casino offers a great choice of dining options at its signature restaurant.
Superior Eats Cafe and Lounge
At Superior Eats Cafe you can have your choice of breakfast items, seafood, bar food, or even vegetarian fare. They also have daily dinner specials.
In addition, there is a full-service bar and lounge just off the casino floor that has plenty of seating and a stage featuring live music and stand-up comedians.
This is the perfect venue to check out if you want to escape those cold, brisk nights and check out some hot late-night excitement.
The Ojibwa Casinos Rewards Club and Promotions
Once you sign up for the Ojibwa rewards club you can find yourself going home a winner almost every day of the week. Fantastic promotions are offered at both Ojibwa Casinos that you can bankroll into future games at either facility.
Membership benefits include discounts toward hotel stay, free play on slot machines, discounts at restaurants and invitations to special events.
To earn points, you just use your rewards card when playing table games and slot machines.
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Ice Fishing Tournament
One of the most anticipated promotions every year is the annual KBIC ice fishing tournament.
Once you get your team together, there will be serious money to be made out there on the frozen lake during the all-species contest.
Courtesy of the Ojibwa group of casinos, first place wins $1,000. So grab your bait, get your fishing pole and auger and get ready to hit the ice.