Vacation Hotspots Surrounding Michigan’s Kewadin Casinos

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There are five Kewadin Casinos scattered about the state of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and this post touches on 12 vacation hotspots surrounding the four smaller casinos in Christmas, Hessel, St. Ignace, and Manistique.

If you are on the ultimate casino tour on the Upper Peninsula, not only will you find epic casinos almost by the dozen, you will also discover landmarks, parks, and even a zoo.

The Upper Peninsula has far more than just Michigan casinos. You should plan to set aside a couple of days for a tour of the area and embark on a vacation you will never forget.

Ready for the rundown? Let’s get started.

Castle Rock

This geological limestone rock looks like it came straight from another time. Just looking at the structure, the Middle Ages are probably the first thing that will come to your mind.

You will find this attraction just three miles north of St. Ignace on Interstate 75. And since it towers over the tallest trees in the area, you can’t miss it.

Castle Rock stands nearly 196 feet over Lake Huron. And the surrounding land’s erosion left the structure in its present form. Technically, the structure classifies as a sea stack or chimney and it resembles features you will find on Mackinac Island.

Fayette Historic State Park

In the center of the peninsula and near the Manistique location, you will find Fayette Historic State Park. Sitting on 711 acres, this is the prime place for camping and hiking. If you’d rather remain outdoors as opposed to heading inside for the night, this is the place you want to be.

It’s not crazy far away from the Christmas location, but you will need to drive a couple of counties over. So, if you played in the Manistique location, you’re in luck.

Fayette Historic State Park

Here, you will discover 61 semi-modern campsites. If a somewhat quaint style is your thing, consider yourself hitting the jackpot as far as area attractions are concerned. But don’t worry, the sites have electrical service, vault toilets, and water, so you don’t need to head to the water pump for your fill.

And if you’re looking to immerse yourself in Michigan’s natural beauty, take advantage of the hiking trails. In the winter, they groom the trails for activities like cross-country skiing; you can enjoy this attraction all year-round.

Fort Mackinac

This former British and American military outpost is near St. Ignace. Built during the American Revolutionary War to control the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, it wasn’t until 15 years following American Independence did the British relinquish the fort. The fort also saw some action during the War of 1812.

Fort Mackinac Michigan

Today, the fort is a museum and a park, and it comprises 14 buildings. During the summer, you can find many activities to take part in that feature uniformed actors. So, if you’re down to catch an authentic taste of American history, Fort Mackinac is where it’s happening.

Garlyn Zoo

Comprising 30 acres, Garlyn Zoo is the largest zoo in the Upper Peninsula. In Mackinac County ,between Naubinway and Epoufette on US 2, you will find this zoo just across from Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

Once you take your peek at all the 125 species of animals who live at the site, you can take yourself over to the beach for an irresistible day at Lake Michigan.

Grand Island National Recreation Area

Established in 1990, the Grand Island National Recreation Area covers 13,500 acres of land in Grand Island Township, Michigan, near the Christmas Kewadin Casino.

As a popular tourist destination, you can take the ferry to the island’s Williams Landing for a small charge and have at it. During the summer, the ferry runs multiple times per day, so if you missed the ride earlier in the day, fear not.

Grand Island National Recreation Area

The location also offers several recreational opportunities that include camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, and trapping. If you hunt, fish, or trap, you are subject to the state of Michigan’s gambling laws. Make sure to familiarize yourself with them before heading out.


Near the Manistique location, you are looking at Michigan’s largest natural freshwater spring. Yet another major hotspot on the Upper Peninsula, you will find this one in Schoolcraft County’s Thompson Township and within Palms Book State Park.

The oval pool measures 300 by 175 feet and is 40 feet deep with an emerald bottom. Yup, this is a thing of beauty here on the Upper Peninsula.

If you’d like a full dosage of the area, take the self-operated cable raft and treat the eyes to a batch of scenery they aren’t likely to find anywhere else.

Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park

If you are playing the real money slots at the Christmas location, Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park is the place where you can unwind. The state park sits on 960 acres and offers observation decks to catch stunning views of the Upper Peninsula’s beautiful landscape, picnic areas, and 2.5 miles worth of hiking trails.

Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park

The state park also connects to the 4,600-mile North Country Trail, which runs from the east end of Upstate New York to North Dakota. So, if you hike this trail, don’t venture too far or else you may end up in another state.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Also near Kewadin Casino Christmas, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore covers 73,236 acres of Michigan wilderness.

And best yet, whether you are gaming at Kewadin Casino Christmas in the summer or winter, you won’t find anything short of recreational activities in this location.

In the summer, treat yourself to hiking, backcountry camping, kayaking, boating, swimming, scuba diving, and fishing.

And when the winter hits, embark on snowmobiling, ice climbing, and cross-country skiing. You will find the ice climbing especially rewarding, given the ice formations that form during the winter.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

You will find this one in Schoolcraft County, between the Manistique and St. Ignace locations. If you are playing casino games at either one of these Kewadin locations, treat yourself to the 93,000-plus acres of woodland.

On the wetland, you will find flocks of Canadian geese, plus another 211 species of birds that include bald eagles, among others. Land animals include otters, wolves, beavers, black bears, moose, and others.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge Moose

If you find it peaceful to view animals in their natural habitat, go birdwatching, or to just appreciate the land’s epic scenery, you will fall in love with Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

Straits State Park

This one lands itself in St. Ignace, Michigan. If you’re at the casino, then you don’t need to go far to discover all of what you will find in Straits State Park.

Featuring 181 acres, you will find over a half-dozen activities to take part in. And if you brought the family along to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, even your kids will enjoy the three playgrounds at the site, swimming, and perhaps even hiking.

You will also find picnic areas, mini cabins for rent, a bridge overlook, plus several organizational camping sites. Oh, and about those camping sites, they do not come with electricity, so it’s back to the 19th century for you.

St. Anthony’s Rock

Also in St. Ignace, St. Anthony’s Rock is yet another limestone sea stack much like Castle Rock, which is also near the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino location as mentioned earlier. Created in an identical way as Castle Rock, St. Anthony’s Rock first became an attraction when railways encroached the area in the 1880s.

St. Anthony’s Rock Michigan

After years of neglect, the rock has since enjoyed a renaissance period beginning in the 2010s. A free public park surrounds the rock, but they have built a fence around the structure so you can’t get too close to the structure.

Anyway, if you’re looking to take an hour or two off from the gaming at Kewadin Casino St. Ignace, then St. Anthony’s Rock is the place to be.

Chain Lake

If you frequent at the St. Ignace location, you’re in luck, because Chain Lake is also located near the casino. This large pond (or small lake) sits at an elevation 600 feet above sea level. Trailblazer types will love this area. The air is crisp, and the scenery is unmatched.

Remember the North Country Trail mentioned earlier? Yep, you will find the trail for that at this location. Another trail located nearby is the 26-mile St. Ignace-Trout Lake Trail.

You will also find several species of fish frequenting the lake including sunfish, bullhead, rock bass, largemouth bass, perch, and northern pike. Oh, and if you’re into pond hockey, you can find a game up here in the winter. It’s a bit of a dangerous game, but it makes for a good cardio workout.


The Kewadin Casinos are in some of the Upper Peninsula’s smallest towns and therefore, you can decipher from this post that their attractions are spread out.

However, none of these attractions are crazy far away from one another, given the proximity of the casinos. So, build that itinerary! And if you are traveling to these casinos, have at it. Just don’t forget to visit the Sault Ste. Marie location, the fifth of the Kewadin Casinos!

Have you played at the Kewadin Casinos? And if so, did you visit the nearby attractions listed here? Let us know in the comments.