Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel

Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel in Williamsburg, MI, offers a visual playground for visitors through the use of atmospheric lighting and unique architecture. It is one of two casinos owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The other being, Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge in Peshawbestown, MI about 40 minutes away. 

Players will also find plenty of entertainment in their 56,000 sq. ft. casino in the form of over 1,200 slots and several gaming tables. Among the electronic options, players will find video poker, reel slots, and baccarat, while their table games include poker, blackjack, Mississippi stud, Texas hold ’em, roulette, and craps. Multiple restaurants, cafes, and bars, from the casual to elegant, provide food and beverage for visitors of all ages. 

Turtle Creek Casino Fact Table

Year opened1996
Phone number800-922-2946
Address7741 M-72 East, Williamsburg, MI, 49690
Number of slots1200
Table games?Yes
Minimum gambling age18

Online Gambling Coming Soon To Turtle Creek Casino?

Online gambling is coming to Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel in 2021 thanks to legislation passed by the Michigan state government in late 1999. The governor signed a new law allowing sports betting and online gaming in the state for the first time. 

Retail sports betting is now available at many casinos in the state as of March 2020. Turtle Creek Casino will start offering its retail sports betting in early fall 2020 through William Hill Sports Book. William Hill also offers online sports betting, so it will also provide online sports betting for both casinos owned by the Grand Traverse Band next year.

It’s not yet known what plans the Grand Traverse Band has for other online gambling options when they become legal in 2021

History Of Turtle Creek Casino And Hotel

The Turtle Creek Casino first opened in 1996, as the second casino owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The first being the Leelanau Sands Casino opened in 1984 in defiance of Michigan’s restriction against casino gaming. Turtle Creek Casino came about two years after the Grand Traverse Band reached a compact with Michigan finally granting them the legal right to operate casinos on reservation land. 

The original casino had no hotel, so visitors were limited to day trips or had to stay at nearby accommodations, such as the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa also owned by the Grand Traverse Band. 

In 2008, the tribe invested in a new casino and resort on the same land. The lavish $116 million project was carried out while the original Turtle Creek casino remained open. A very modern building, the new casino features a silver metal exterior that rises slowly out of the ground in front of the six-story hotel. Outdoor lights shine on the building in an ever-changing multi-color night-time display, while a water feature creates a park-like feeling that invites guests to linger before heading into the building.

Inside, the casino offers a massive gaming area with multi-story lounges overlooking the floor. There is also a non-smoking poker room and lounge, as well as, conference areas, 137-room hotel, three bars, and dining. Guests can sit down to an excellent steak in a fine dining restaurant called, Bourbons 72, eat as much as possible in the buffet called, Seasons, or grab a quick bite at The Deli before heading back to the gaming floor.

Get Additional Wins Through The Players Club

Players can also earn points useful for comps, discounts, and free entries into promotions using the Players Club card. This free rewards program allows players to earn points at both Turtle Creek Casino and Leelanau Sands Casino. 

The program features a five-tier system that players progress through as they earn more points. Players will get a new card for each tier they reach, so be sure to visit the front desk to pick them up. The tiers and bonuses are as follows:

  • Sapphire: The first tier level that everyone starts at when signing up. Sapphire players enjoy complimentary valet service, discounted hotel rooms, and birthday promotions.
  • Ruby: The second tier level, Ruby, gives players 2X entries on promotions and additional discounts on gas, hotels, spas, retail, entertainment, and restaurants.
  • Emerald: This is the third tier level, which gives players 3X the entries on promotions. Emerald players also have access to a priority services lane, invitation-only events, and 48-hour pre-sale on concert tickets.
  • Pinnacle: The fourth tier, Pinnacle, offers a 5X bonus on promotions entries. Players will also have access to a personal host, complimentary hotel upgrades, late checkouts, and 30-minute holds on slot machines.
  • Onyx: The last and fifth level, Onyx, allows players to earn 7X entries on promotions. They also have access to complimentary VIP experiences.

Turtle Creek Casino And Hotel FAQs

Is there a buffet in Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel?

Yes, guests can enjoy buffet-style eating at the newly renovated Seasons. They offer a breakfast buffet from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M. and a dinner buffet from 4 P.M. to 9 P.M.

Is Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel open all day?

Yes, the Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Is Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel no-smoking?

The Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel has a no-smoking section with lounge, poker room, and some slots for players. They also have non-smoking hotel rooms for guests.

What restaurants does Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel offer?

There are a number of places to dine in the Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel, including Bourbons 72 (steakhouse), Seasons (buffet), The Deli (diner), Coffee Spoon (cafe), and three bars

Is sports betting available at Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel?

Sports betting will be available at Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel by early fall 2020.