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Black Bear Casino Resort

Nation | Tribe: Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa


1785 Highway 210
Carlton, MN 55718-0777

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(218) 878 - 2327

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The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa opened their Black Bear Casino in July 2008. The property is a 355,000 sq-ft resort feturing a 57,00 sq-ft casino and a 12-story, 250-room hotel.

The Black Bear Casino Resort is located at the intersection of I-35 and Hwy 210 in Carlton, Minnesota, about 20 minutes south of Duluth and two hours north of the Twin Cities.

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Open 24 hours daily
57,000 square-foot gaming floor

1,800 video slot machines

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Seven Fires Steakhouse
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Otter Creek Event Center - 32,000 sq-ft
Cobalt Nightclub and Cabaret - seats 120 guests
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250 guest rooms
12-story hotel tower
4-story parking structure with 1,400 spaces
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New Black Bear Casino opens

May 22, 2008

DULUTH, MN - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa opened their new Black Bear Casino last Thursday beginning with a pipe ceremony to bless the facility. It was two months ahead of schedule.

"We just got lucky with weather and we weren't held up by deliveries or work schedules," said Rocky Wilkinson, casino resort marketing manager. "Our gaming floor and restaurants are ready to go. The size is equivalent to two football fields side by side. Come on out and enjoy it!"

The gaming floor is 83,000 square feet and will feature 2,000 slot machines.

Seven Fires Steakhouse
Buffet at the Bear
Sage Deli

The new Cobalt Nightclub and Cabaret will feature live entertainment every night and admission is free. The club is open to everyone age 21 years and older.

The hotel opened earlier this year and just before Valentine's Day. It offers 250 guest rooms and a 12-story hotel tower.

The convention center will open in early July.

Black Bear Casino Opens Hotel

February 12, 2008

CARLTON, MN - The Fon Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has added a ten-story hotel tower at their Black Bear Casino. The new hotel features 250 guest rooms and two stories of lobby and office space. The casino will open a new gaming floor in May.

Hotel manager, Cory Van Guilder, said "We draw people from anywhere from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis within a 60 to 90 mile radius." He feels the quality of the hotel compares to the best in Minnesota. "We're 20 minutes from Duluth so we have Lake Superior and Jay Cooke State Park and snowmobile trails and cross country trails. Of course we have our golf course that is the best in the area."

Van Guilder continued, ""We are the largest employer in Carlton County and most of our employees live in this county also so it does help the economy."

The casino started as a bingo hall by the Fon Du Lac Band. As its business grew the casino has provided financial help for its band and its members.

Black Bear Casino expansion is ahead of schedule

January 25, 2008

DULUTH, MN - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is expanding its Black Bear Casino-Hotel-Golf complex in Carlton, MN. The project includes a new, larger casino and a new hotel.

The grand opening for the new casino is scheduled for this summer during the July 4th weekend, however, Rocky Wilkinson, the marketing manager, said the project is about four weeks ahead of plans. The casino may open as early as mid-May. The new hotel will open sooner. It opening is is planned for February 11th.


  • $119.6 million expansion project
  • Casino - doubled gaming floor, 2,000 new slot machines
  • Bingo hall - 400 seats
  • Hotel - 12-story building, 240-rooms
  • Steakhouse restuarant
  • 4-level parking structure
  • Convention Center

When the project was proposed in 2004, the projected cost was $30 million. When plans were finalized and a loan was arranged in 2006, the cost had grown to $120 million. Now they find they under budgeted for fixtures, furniture and equipment. To keep the project on schedule, Tribal Chairwoman Karen Diver said the $13 million of new slot machines will be purchased on a lease program to spread their cost over one year. Cost-cutting in other areas will save an additional $5 million. Diver believes they will be able to cover the remaining start-up costs.

Black Bear Casino opened in June 1993 at a cost of $8 million.
The hotel opened in 1995.
The 18-hole Black Bear Golf Course opened in July 2003.

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