Leelanau Sands Casino Michigan

Guests arriving at the Leelanau Sands Casino will find a beautiful Art Deco and wilderness-inspired lodge. The current incarnation of the Leelanau Casino in Peshawbestown, MI, is the result of a major renovation in 2013 that left it with rich interior and atmospheric lighting. 

The lodge is home to over 350 slots, video poker games, and live table games, including poker, blackjack, euchre, bingo, and roulette. Their Leelanau Peninsula hotel is located right on the water and has over 50 rooms with walk-out patios and balconies. When players get hungry they can dine at Dex’s full-service restaurant from 11 p.m. until the casino closes. They can also visit the Sutton Bay Bar to grab a drink between games.

Leelanau Sands Casino Fact Table

Year opened1984
Phone number800-922-2WIN
Address2521 N. West Bay Shore Drive, Peshawbestown, MI 49682
Number of slots350
Table games?Yes
Hotel?Yes
Minimum gambling age18

Leelanau Sands Casino Online Gambling in 2021

With the recent legislation approving sports betting and online gambling in Michigan, many casinos are maneuvering to offer these new services to players too. Michigan’s Gaming Control Board is still hammering out regulations for online gambling, but expects it to be fully regulated and rolled out by early 2021. 

In the meantime, Leelanau Sands Casino is taking steps towards offering online services. They have signed with William Hill Sportsbook to offer their sports betting services on location in early fall. William Hill also offers online sports betting, so it is expected that this company will also handle their online sportsbook too. 

Not much is currently known about Leelanau Sands Casino’s plans for other online casino gambling when it becomes available in 2021.

Leelanau Sands Casino History

The Leelanau Sands Casino was first opened in 1984 by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians as a high-stakes bingo hall when casinos and games with large jackpots were still considered illegal. However, 1984 was a defining year for tribal casinos and bingo halls. Many tribes throughout the United States challenged the laws by opening their own casinos and a few took their cases to the courts.

Leelanau Sands Casino remained open during all of these legal challenges until the creation of the The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that one specific tribe in California could operate casinos on their land. Naturally, this set a precedent and congress established IGRA to give states a way to define the relationship between state authorities and tribal casinos. Every tribe’s right to operate casinos was recognized as long as the state and the tribe came to a mutually agreeable compact. 

It took a long time for the state of Michigan to reach a compact with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians but they finally found an accord in 1993. After this agreement was reached, the tribe continued to grow their business interests, opening the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel in 1996 and later buying the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in 2003.

In 2013, the Leelanau Sands Casino completed a major $2.5 million renovation that mainly focused on the interior. The former Bingo Hall and Elements Lounge was renovated into a gaming floor called, The Maple Room, with orange and red hues throughout. 

The casino also renovated the full-service bar and lounge outside their 1,000 seat showroom, and installed chandeliers and a stained glass woodland mural in The Cedar Room. They also built a new concession center and foyer which acts as a display area for Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa culture.

Leelanau Sands Casino Loyalty Program

Both the Leelanau Sands Casino and the Turtle Creek Casino honor the same Players Club cards which are free to sign up for at each casino. These cards can be used for discounts, comps, bonus entries in promotions, and special services. Players may use these cards at both casinos and redeem discounts and comps at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

There are five tiers to the Players Club:

  • Sapphire: Everyone starts with the first tier card. It offers complimentary valet service and birthday promotions.
  • Ruby: At the Ruby level, players earn 2X entries on promotions and discounts on gas, hotels, retail, entertainment, and restaurants.
  • Emerald: The third tier card gives players 3X entries on promotions, access to invitation-only events, and 48-hour pre-sale on concert tickets.
  • Pinnacle: The Pinnacle level gives a 5X bonus on entries for promotions and a personal host, complimentary hotel upgrades, late check outs, and 30-minute holds on slot machines.
  • Onyx: At the Onyx level players enjoy 7X entries on promotions and complimentary VIP experiences.

Leelanau Sands Casino FAQ 

Does Leelanau Sands Casino have a buffet?

Dex’s Restaurant in the Leelanau Sands Casino has a soup and salad bar that guests can enjoy every day.

Does Leelanau Sands Casino offer valet parking?

Yes, Leelanau Sands Casino offers valet parking for guests. Players Club cardholders can also enjoy complimentary valet services.

Does Leelanau Sands Casino have a dress code?

Leelanau Sands Casino has no dress code.

How far is Leelanau Sands Casino from Traverse City, MI?

Leelanau Sands Casino is about 20 miles or half an hour’s drive from Traverse City.

How far is Leelanau Sands Casino from Grand Rapids, MI?

Leelanau Sands Casino is about 160 miles or a 2 hr. and 40 min. drive from Grand Rapids.