Northern Waters Casino Resort Review – Watersmeet, Michigan

Northern Waters Casino Resort, formerly known as Lac Vieux Desert Casino, is a mid-sized casino located in Watersmeet, Michigan. This casino has been around for more than two decades now, and it has established a stellar reputation over that period.

The casino, albeit not as grand as most, offers a lively selection of games across the board, including poker, bingo, slots, and table games. The hotel, on the other hand, has 132 comfortable rooms to offer, plus every amenity one would need for a relaxing, enjoyable, and memorable stay.

Here is a more detailed virtual tour of Northern Waters Casino Resort.

The Casino Experience

The casino offers 25,000 square feet of gaming area with a wide range of casino games, including hundreds of slot games and some of the most popular table games.

Slot Games

Northern WATERS Casino Resorts has more than 500 different types of slot machines, including penny slots that take as little as $0.01 and as much as $10. There are all types of slot machines here, including video poker slots, virtual craps and roulette, multi-denomination and multi-game machines, and virtual blackjack slots.

There are hundreds of slot games to choose from. Some of the favorite include:

Buffalo Gold Lightning Link Wild Americoins
The Price is Right Chun Jie Lion Dance Wild Lepricons
Sarab Grand WOF Cash Link Wild Fiesta Coins
Dragons Grand Sizzling Phoenix Virtual Blackjack
Hawaiian Fishing Oceans of Beauty Wheel of Fortune Mega Tower
Tiger Roars Wheel of Fortune 4D Wild Fiesta Coins
Mistress of Egypt Birds of Pay Dragon Flies
Lock it Link Dancing Foo Wild Captain Coins


The casino also runs some high-stakes and highly rewarding progressive jackpots. Players are also assured new slot games every other month.

northern waters casinoTable Games

Those who prefer table games can look forward to seven spacious tables offering all the classics. Table games on offer include:

Blackjack Let It Ride Pai Gow Poker
Roulette Texas Hold ‘Em Mississippi Stud
Craps Perfect Pairs Blackjack Baccarat


All games are dealt by professional and charming dealers, and the action is always lively. Players can also look forward to a larger selection of table games in the future.


The casino also has a dedicated poker room offering some of the most popular poker classics, including 3-card poker. The games are always electrifying, and the stakes can drastically go up occasionally.


Bingo players will also appreciate the casino’s dedication to bingo games. The casino also has an exclusive one-day-one-patron bonus offer for bingo players only.

Bonuses & Promotions

Northern Waters Casino Resort is appreciative of its customers. To this end, it has an extensive promotions and bonuses campaign designed to show this appreciation. Lucky players and patrons stand to win a wide range of prizes, ranging from free casino passes to cash prizes.

Many of the bonuses and promotions at Northern Waters Casino Resort are dynamic and temporary, and the resort usually announces new promotions monthly. However, some promotions are rigid, and they include:

Pump & Play

Patrons stand two win two prizes when they purchase at least eight gallons of gas at the resort: $10 worth of free play at the casino, and nine points on their Superior Club Cards to redeem as they wish. This offer is limited to one redemption per week, but this also means that players who regularly refill at the resort stand to win again every week.

New Players’ Bonus

New players stand to win up to $100 worth of free play at the casino on their first day at the resort. The only requirements are that the new player signs up and play the new member prize wheel game – the game is fun and makes for a thrilling introduction to the casino. Repeat players who sign up for the Superior Club Card for the first time are also eligible for the promotion.

Birthday Bonuses

Players celebrating their birthdays automatically qualify for $10 worth of free play once they walk into the casino. This promotion covers the entire month of your birthday, which means that lucky players have plenty of time to collect their rewards.

Freedom Rewards

The Freedoms Reward is for participating veterans and active military members only. It entails 25% bonuses at the Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, Sugar Bush Restaurant, Dancing Eagles Hotel, and Northern Waters Café.

Superior Club Card Membership

Players can make Northern Waters Casino Resort their home and sign up for the Superior Club Card membership. Members of the Superior Club are guaranteed to earn rewards for everything they do at the resort, including gambling, dining, and accommodation. The rewards can be redeemed for free play credits by swapping the member’s card at any of the slot machines, and 100 points are worth $1 worth of free play credits.

Members also stand better chances of winning a wide range of prizes, including cash, free play credit, and prize giveaways. Members also get notifications of promotion offers and invitations to special events sent straight to their emails to keep them in the loop.

P.S. All the promotions, with the exception of the Superior Club Card membership, are subject to a one patron per day policy. This means that only one lucky winner gets to take the prize, and it is usually the early bird.

Sports Action

Northern Waters Casino Resort does not offer sports betting, but this doesn’t mean that sports enthusiasts cannot get in on the action. The NW Sports Bar, one of several bars at the resort, is dedicated to keeping sports fans updated on their favorite sports. The bar features 15 state-of-the-art HD TVs, and each TV is continually airing popular sporting events from all over the world.

In addition to a sports galore experience, the NW Sports Bar also offers a wide range of refreshing beverages, including craft beer, specialty wines, spirit cocktails, and imported and seasonal beer offerings. Patrons can also enjoy a game or two of darts, pool table, and more. It is the ideal getaway for a sports enthusiast.

Additional Amenities

As mentioned, Northern Waters Casino Resort offers everything one would need for a comfortable getaway. Additional amenities include accommodation, dining, wining, and lots of fun activities.


Northern Waters Casino Resort has 132 spacious, comfortable, and elegant rooms at the hotel. These rooms range in type, and include King, Queen, Deluxe Suite, and Executive Suite rooms. Each room comes with standard amenities for a comfortable stay, including a microwave, refrigerator, baths with showers, coffee maker, HD TVs, free Wi-Fi, working desk, personal safe, 24-hour room service, and more. Some of the higher-end rooms also feature wet bars, fire places, Jacuzzis, and more.

Some of the amenities are general to all casino guests. These include an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, spa, whirlpool, parking, and more.

Dining & Wining

There are plenty of foods and drinks to go around, thanks to the exquisite on-site bars and restaurants. Besides the NW Sports Bar discussed earlier, patrons can also grab a bite or drink at the following restaurants:

·         Sugar Bush Restaurant

Sugar Bush Restaurant features a brilliant Northwoods theme. It specializes in buffets and nightly specials. It also accommodates seating for take-outs from the NW Sports Bar and Northern Waters Café.

·         Northern Waters Café

Northern Waters Café is the place to go for your favorite snacks and a refreshing Starbucks. The menu includes hotdogs, nachos, pizza, breadsticks, milkshakes, and more.

Lac Vieux Desert Golf Couse

The Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course is spread out over about 200 acres in the Ottawa National Forest. There are 18 holes to hit, and the challenge is every golfer’s dream. The course also hosts occasional leagues and tournaments. Golfers can also enjoy a refreshing drink at the nearby Clubhouse.

Birch Tree Gift Shop

The Birch Tree Gift Shop has all the amenities you would need during your stay here, and more. Items include hats, t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, beadwork, birch bark baskets, dreamcatchers, and more!


Does Northern Waters Casino Resort help people with gambling problems?

Yes, Northern Waters Casino Resort has a ready support system for clients dealing with addiction to gambling. Anyone in need of help is urged to call 1-800-522-4700 or 1-800-270-7117.

Can players request their win-loss statements?

Yes, players can request their win-loss statements at will. Players can get these statements in person at the casino or have them in the mail.

What is the secret to earning more Superior Club Card membership rewards?

The secret to winning more rewards (and bonuses and promotions, in general) is gambling more. Players earn rewards for every dollar spent at the casino, hotel, restaurants, and all additional facilities and services.

Final Thoughts

Northern Waters Casino Resort is ideal for a casual getaway. The hotel has everything one would need for a comfortable stay – and then some more! Fun is also guaranteed, what with the robust casino, sports bar, golf course, and many other amenities. And, while the casino is not as big as would be desired, it still offers some of the best and most rewarding games in town. The resort makes for fun and memorable moments.