Turtle Lake Casino brings the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas to the northwoods of Wisconsin. Nestled in the town also called Turtle Lake, the casino is located 90 minutes north of Eau Claire and 90 minutes east of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. With 24-hour gaming, a host of dining and entertainment activities and a full-service hotel, Turtle Lake has everything you need to add a little fun to Wisconsin getaway. It’s one of three casinos operated by the St. Croix Chippewa Indians along with the St. Croix Casino Danbury and the Hertel Express, also located in northern Wisconsin.
The centerpiece of the experience at St. Croix Turtle Lake Casino is the gaming floor. It’s home to 1,110 slot machines ranging from $5 a play down to a penny. Frequently held progressive jackpots award even more cash to slot players. The gaming floor also features table games, craps and roulette. With 20 blackjack tables, there’s always room to get on a game. Turtle Lake offers a twist on the game with the pitch games, with two decks. This method of playing, which features cards dealt from the decks in the dealers’ hands, is not allowed over the border in Minnesota.
The poker room, open Thursday through Sunday, draws serious players to its no-limit games, both Omaha High and Texas Hold ‘Em. The smoke-free room also has sports playing on big-screen TVs with beverages and snacks provided free to the guests. Besides the daily games, Turtle Lake hosts poker tournaments and plenty of prizes for the lucky players.
After a night on the gaming floor, it’s nice to have a place to relax and gear up for a new day of adventure. The Turtle Lake Casino hotel features eight spacious suites and 153 guestrooms, each with in-room coffee and movie channels. Suites add more space as well as whirlpool tubs. Guests can keep in touch with complimentary local calls and wifi connections. In the morning, they can sit down to a free breakfast and then hop aboard the shuttle for a ride to the casino. It runs 24 hours a day and is free for all guests to use. The hotel is also home to a fitness center, whirlpool, and swimming pool. Between May and October, the nearby RV park is open for those looking for an alternative to Wisconsin hotels.
The dining scene at Turtle Lake Casino is all about variety. The buffet is open daily for lunch, with the exception of Sunday when it opens early for brunch. Dinner, also all-you-can-eat, starts daily at 4 p.m. Thursday features a seafood buffet in addition to the always-offered desserts, entrées, and appetizers. For a more elegant meal, guests can reserve a table at the fine dining restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring many Wisconsin dining specialties like fresh fish and cheesy dishes. A concession stand is also available for quick treats and meals on the go, and Turtle Lake Casino’s two bars serve wine, beer, and cocktails.
On the weekend, Turtle Lake’s Event Center hosts live music and other fun events. A mix of national acts and local favorites bring their music to Turtle Lake, along with dinner shows and other fun events. The best part is that’s all free to enjoy. You don’t need to get tickets to attend the special events or need to pay anything to have fun.
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