Nation | Tribe: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
US Highway 93
Polson, MT 59860
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes plan to move the casino at KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino to a new location in Polson, Montana. The existing KwaTaqNuk property will become a family-friendly resort.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes plan to build a new casino on the west side of Polson, Montana. The 79-acre site has been annexed by the city, which will provide water and sewage service to the casino. Construction of the casino could start in late 2023 and take up to 12 months to complete.
All casino gaming currently at KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino will be transferred to the new casino. KwaTaqNuk will continue as a resort.
The new casiino in Polson will be built on 79 acres of tribal land located on the west side of US Highway 93 and north of the airport at Irvine Flats Road.
The casino will have 25,000-square-feet of space and include a visitor center, a restaurant and 300 parking spaces.
Additional projects to expand the casino in the future are in the early stage of consideration. Discussions have included additional retail spaces such as gift shops, RV parks, a 500-seat event center, and possibly a hotel.
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All casino gaming at Kwataqnuk Casino will be transferred to this new casino.
Minimum age is 18
300 Class II gaming machines
1 restaurant (details pending)
August 27, 2023
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes plan to separate its casino and resort operations at the current Kwataqnuk Resort & Casino by moving the casino to a new 79-acre site in Polson City. The new Kwataqnuk casino will be a standalone, 25,000-square-foot structure with an RV park, a visitors center, and low-cost residential housing.
Last week the city commission approved the annexation of the 79 acres to allow the new casino to connect to municipal water and sewage services. The land is tribal-owned land located across the Flathead River on the western side of Polson City. It is north of the Polson Airport and south of the intersection of Highway 922 and Irvine Flats Road.
"Moving the casino we have now out of the resort allows the resort to focus on family-friendly things. Moving the casino to the outskirts of town also allows us to focus on the casino as a business instead of a resort amenity."
- Daniel Hansen, CEO of S&K Gaming
After the casino relocates, the Kwataqnuk Resort will develop as a family-friendly destination. There are currently 100 guestrooms, two restaurants, and 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Guests enjoy summer water sports and winter skiing. The resort hosts the annual "Rock the Dock" summer outdoor concert series and plans to add more family-friendly attractions in the future.
May 16, 2022
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are working with the City of Polson to build a new casino. The tribe is seeking city annexation of 79-acres of its land on the west side to allow water service needed for construction.
On May 2 the City Commission unanimously approved a resolution of intent annex the land. There will now be a 20-day public comment period with a final vote expected in June. If approved, the construction of the casino could begin later this year.
A spokesman for the tribes told the city commission:
"Right now, the gaming establishment needs to get the construction on the ground. So our biggest priority is to get the entire property annexed, get an agreement for city water services, and then we'll come back to you with future requests for sewer."
- Bryon Miller, S&K Gaming CEO
Along with sewer service, the tribes and the city will need to negotiate agreements for law enforcement, fire protection and road maintenance.
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