The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) plans to develop a casino in its southern tribal territory in Muskegon County. The proposed gaming site is at the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack site in Fruitport Township. A casino would be a great addition to Muskegon County’s numerous tourist attractions. With its largest population base in the Muskegon region, the Tribe’s goals are job creation and economic development.

The proposed Tribal casino is expected to generate approximately 1,200 jobs. The Tribe is planning to place 60 acres of its site in Fruitport Township in a “trust” for casino development. Read more.

A Tribal casino would be an economic catalyst for the region and for Michigan, and will:

  • Create an estimated 215 indirect construction jobs
  • Create an estimated 1,201 direct jobs
  • $180 million LRBOI investment will encourage growth
  • Provide a steady flow of revenue for the Michigan School Aid Fund
  • Insure that a Muskegon tribal casino would contribute to state and local revenues at the highest rate of any tribal casino in the state
  • Will expand year-round tourism (See the Muskegon Chronicle editorial)

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Show Your Support for the Muskegon Casino Project:

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians would like to thank the greater Muskegon community for the overwhelming turnout to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs public hearing in support of our proposed Muskegon County casino. Four hundred people took the time to attend the December 12 public hearing at Fruitport Middle School. Residents, labor, local public officials, educators, non-profits, businesses, clubs and other organizations agree, the LRBOI casino project at the former race track site in Fruitport Township will be a tremendous economic generator for the community.

Written comments can be submitted via email with the subject line “DEIS Comments, Little River Band Trust Acquisition and Casino Project” to Felix Kitto, regional environmental protection specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, at

Comments can be mailed to:

Midwest Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region, Norman Pointe II, Building, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500 Bloomington, MN 55347

Thank you again for your continued support.

The need for jobs in the Muskegon region has never been greater. We need to restore jobs so families can stay in the region. The Tribe’s proposed casino project, as casinos have in other communities, would certainly play a vital role in bringing new jobs and business opportunities to the area.

This is a $180 million investment in Muskegon County. Projects like this don’t come around very often.


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