One of Michigan's tribal casinos is opening up this week.

UPDATE: The Island Casino and Resort now says they will open on May 16th. Here's the updated story.

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According to, the Island Resort and Casino, in Harris, MI (west of Escanaba on U.S. 2) is starting a phased re-opening starting Wednesday May 6th. The slot machines, to-go food service, some bars, bingo and retail open on Wednesday. On Friday, May 8, the golf courses open. And the hotel will reopen on Wednesday, May 13.

(I stayed there a couple of years ago as part of a birthday trip through the U.P.. Big place, nice hotel. And right on the time-zone line between eastern and central. As I remember, they use eastern.)

The casino is owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community. It is NOT under the authority of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Gov. Whitmer’s recent executive order that keeps casinos under the MGCB closed does not apply to the tribal casinos even though they have, to this point, been voluntarily closed. It will be interesting to see how the other tribal casinos react to this one opening up.

If you go to The Island, be aware that they are still encouraging guests to wear face-masks and they will check your temperature. If your temperature is 100 or higher, you will not be getting in.

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