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  1. #1
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    Default Question on lodging

    Anyone have comments on the room quality and overall experience at the Great Northern Casino in Watersmeet
    Also any experience with Great Northern hotel Mercer

    Thanks for the advice

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    I meant Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet
    Thanks

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    The rooms are nothing fancy but very very reasonably priced at the watersmeet casino. Definitely comfortable enough for a snowmobiling trip. If you’re not a smoker make sure to request a non smoking room.

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    The Great Northern in Mercer is more than adequate for a snowmobile visitor. Bar & Restaurant in-house including breakfast and the food is good there. Large parking lot for trailers and such. Located on the trail, you can park your machine right outside your room. Prices are reasonable. The rooms are large, a bit dated but clean. Trails in Iron County IMHO are well maintained. It's not the Taj Mahal but it's just about perfect for snowmobile visitors.

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    I am sure some one can provide more info on this as what I heard is only hear say and probably from the 6 or 19th person. 8-12 years ago (guessing on the time frame) there was an old railroad bridge that was on this property or very close to it and apart of the trail system. The "locals" cough cough tore it down because they did not like the noise form the snowmobiles and ATVs. Any one know more about this, truth or false? Personally I have stayed away form this place because of this, if they tore the bridge down because of that reason I can take my money else where.

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    We stayed at the casino in Watersmeet last week for the first time. Nice rooms, clean, and pretty reasonably priced. A couple dining options, we had the pizza in the cafe and it was great. Bonus of 25% off rooms and food for military when you sign up for their players card (you need to show proof of service). The bad, it's a casino so smoking is allowed in the bar, restaurants, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oktaneho View Post
    We stayed at the casino in Watersmeet last week for the first time. Nice rooms, clean, and pretty reasonably priced. A couple dining options, we had the pizza in the cafe and it was great. Bonus of 25% off rooms and food for military when you sign up for their players card (you need to show proof of service). The bad, it's a casino so smoking is allowed in the bar, restaurants, etc.
    In the bar, and main casino floor. But not in the Restaurant, kinda sure not in the cafe. Saw there was a small gaming room that was non-smoking also.
    Was there MLK weekend. Not sure about rooms, as we were camping in their parking lot.

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    Great Northern, Mercer, Wi, is a great place to stay. Definitely tends to get very busy on the weekends and if you like to park the sled and party it might be the best place in the northwoods to do so. Some of the best “off my sled” stories tend to revolve around the great northern bar. Gas and multiple food options close. This would be a better option if you want more stops and places to go. Rooms are dated but clean. There has been some issues with items getting taken from sleds, I have never experienced it. Trails are usually in good shape.

    Casino is a good place also. Bar/gas/gambling/food also on site and options close. Rooms are like the great northern, nothing to write home about but good enough. Plenty of parking. Good starting spot if you want to hit more UP trails.

    Can’t go wrong with either......but I am more inclined to rent a house instead of a hotel room. More room, more secure, cost can be comparable, full kitchens, etc....

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    The Casino in Watersmeet had Legionnaires disease a few years back. The whole place got shut down for months, why take the risk. no thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogebic_sledder View Post
    The Casino in Watersmeet had Legionnaires disease a few years back. The whole place got shut down for months, why take the risk. no thanks
    If everyone stopped going somewhere where there was a health risk once the world would be shut down. The problem there was corrected and has not been back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogebic_sledder View Post
    The Casino in Watersmeet had Legionnaires disease a few years back. The whole place got shut down for months, why take the risk. no thanks
    Yes casino hotel was completely shut down for quite awhile it wasnít a quick fix. I wonder what caused it???

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    Something got into the hotels water system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogg View Post
    Something got into the hotels water system.
    Original disease was caused by a rubber hose Bush fix in PA Hotel I believe. No idea how it got into Watersmeet casino they were hushed up on cause and local TV interviews. I think they would have been better off with complete public disclosure but that’s my opinion.

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    It's a naturally occurring bacteria found in fresh water and soil. It grows in big water supplies that aren't maintained properly, which is why outbreaks happen in hotels and apartment buildings with big holding tanks. Best to stay locked in your house if you're worried about it. Better trails for the rest of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oktaneho View Post
    It's a naturally occurring bacteria found in fresh water and soil. It grows in big water supplies that aren't maintained properly, which is why outbreaks happen in hotels and apartment buildings with big holding tanks. Best to stay locked in your house if you're worried about it. Better trails for the rest of us!
    If thatís your choice ok with me but I do make healthy choices since many options.

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    Yes, snowmobiling is such a healthy activity!

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    Well.. it can be a good bit of exercise if driving a Yamaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
    Yes, snowmobiling is such a healthy activity!
    is actually very good for you. Unless you wreck

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    Good location and can gamble at night. Place smells like smoke and is kinda dumpy. Stayed there a few times and does the trick. Place was packed Friday with trailers on ride by on Friday

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    Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet is now a completely non smoking hotel. You have to sign an acknowledgement when you sign in and if they catch you smoking its a $200 or $250 cleaning charge, can't remember the exact amount. If you refuse to pay it, they will ban you until you do pay up. There is smoking allowed in the casino.

    Most of the rooms have been remodeled and are quite nice. I think they got rid of all the tube TV's they had, but I don't think there are any premium channels on the TV. I also think they give some free play in the casino with room purchase. Its possible they done away with this.

    Yes, it was true several years ago they had trouble with Legionnaires disease. They panicked and kicked everyone out of the hotel in the middle of a raging snowstorm. It was with the water supply, but the most dangerous part was only if you breath in the water vapor like from a shower, or at least that is what I've been told. Don't shower, or drink the water. The water supply for the casino comes from a different source and was safe.
    Last edited by Midwest Player; 01-28-2020 at 07:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garageguy View Post
    Well.. it can be a good bit of exercise if driving a Yamaha.
    Been on a doo Enduro for about a year now Yes it was more effort to ride my old Apex xtx in some conditions like junk not so bad on well groomed trails. To each his own.

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    Just having a little fun with the Yamaha peeps

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    Quote Originally Posted by oktaneho View Post
    It's a naturally occurring bacteria found in fresh water and soil. It grows in big water supplies that aren't maintained properly, which is why outbreaks happen in hotels and apartment buildings with big holding tanks. Best to stay locked in your house if you're worried about it. Better trails for the rest of us!
    But...……..this type of outbreak doesn't normally happen if you properly maintain your water supply. And that was the issue there. When this occurred, we stayed there a little bit before and noted how run down it felt. I stay at a lot of hotels due to work, and can usually get a feel pretty quickly if a place in maintained well. Between bed bugs and others things of this nature, I no longer will stay at crappy hotels. Just not worth it IMHO. I am more apt to stay overnight in my snowmobile trailer.

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    I've stayed there numerous times over the years and for the price, you would be hard pressed to find better in the UP!

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    I would never think twice about recommending you stay at the Great Northern in Mercer. We have stayed there numerous times over the years and have always enjoyed the place but it has been a few years now since we've been there last. Back when the place opened our group was the first ones to stay in the rooms that we had that weekend. Back then the great room was full of animal mounts but it has been long enough since I've been there last that I'm not sure that they are still there.

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