Read what our guests are saying about Fortune Bay

Our Wedding Day Was So Magical!

I cannot thank Krystal and the team at Fortune Bay for helping make our wedding day so MAGICAL! From our initial conversation to clean up Krystal and her team were absolutely the most kind, helpful, diligent, professional and fun team to work with. Planning and execution was easy, accommodating and Krystal was always willing to go out of her way to figure out how to make things work. For example we wanted to have a family style dinner service offsite for 200+ guests and she was able to execute it in a way that made it seem like the team had done this a thousand times. They provided top notch service while working in the confines of an offsite location. Our guests still cannot stop raving about the FOOD and FLAWLESS SERVICE! All members of the Fortune Bay team were delightful to work with. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone!

Barbara B.

The Fishing Was Great

Fink Annual Fishing Group

Our time at Fortune Bay was wonderful once again. The fishing was great, all the staff treated us very well, the staff at the front desk, all the bartenders especially Doug, and Byron's staff at the marina especially Cody, which made it very enjoyable for all. It was really nice to have all the rooms together on the 5th floor. We hope we can do that again with the 2 adjoining rooms. Byron's new cooking/ picnic shelter made our fish fry very nice. Thanks again to everyone.

Jerry Fink


2017 Quad Cities District Rotary Conference

As our annual District 5580 Rotary Conference culminated this past weekend at Fortune Bay Resort Casino we reflect on the many folks who made a commitment to attend from all over our district. Rotary members from as far west as Williston, North Dakota and east to Nipigon, Ontario ventured to Lake Vermilion to enjoy speakers and the specialty native foods of Northeastern Minnesota. In addition, we recall speakers who gave inspirational talks about what Rotary could do in the future.

We are also grateful for all the businesses that kindly supported our effort to make this event special through financial donations, gifts for our silent and live auctions, in kind use of facilities and folks who just helped us put this event together. Without each we couldn't have succeeded.

Our focus for this particular Rotary Convention was highlighting Northeastern Minnesota as a place to visit, live, and grow businesses. We had a great conference - "One of the best they've attended" many said! We are particularly pleased that you chose to assist us and therefore thank you so very much! Your facility was superb and your staff; in particular: Brian Salazar, Emily Lehti, Angel Santeramo along with Hood, and of course Kirstie Kern! They were the greatest asset team, to the success of our event!

Please complement them when you speak with them or better yet do it in a public setting/meeting. Brian was instrumental in setting up everything and then Emily, Angel, and Brian K. Anderson came into the picture and they provided us with personal service with the biggest smiles! What a great "crew" you have - do not let them go. And finally, what could be better than the best food during the entire conference. Kirstie out did herself with the specialty pasties. Many "Iron Rangers" said it was the best they have ever had! It certainly was for me!! Kirstie and "Crew" got a standing ovation for several minutes. Great Job!

Garrett Lamppa, I am certain Fortune Bay Resort Casino will benefit from this conference being held at your facility. Thank you so much for hiring the best.

We wish you a great summer!


Linda Myklebust - Virginia Rotary Club - Co-Chair 2017 District Conference

Joe Dennie - Quad Cities Rotary Club - Co-Chair 2017 District Conference

Absolutely Perfect

Fortune Bay is THE destination for an all inclusive wedding venue.

Beautiful backdrops, elegant facility, amazing food and a top-notch staff made our wedding experience there absolutely perfect. Krystal made me feel like she took a personal stake in making our day a breeze and was excellent at communicating. Every detail that even an over-organized bride like me forgot to think of was thought out for us and handled. We didn’t realize until after it was all over how much of a difference choosing Fortune Bay as our venue made in making it a fun and memorable weekend. We chose to arrive early for our wedding weekend. The guys golfed and girls spent a spa day in Ely. The staff and my decorator handled getting everything at the resort wedding ready while we relaxed. My husband and I stayed in one of the executive suites and it was a perfect location for getting ready before the ceremony. There were so many good indoor and outdoor photography backdrops, our pictures turned out amazing. The ballroom was perfect for hosting our 300 guests and the staff that served our guests were so nice and attentive. And many of our guests loved that they could stay and play at the casino and enjoyed having the flexibility to stop in their rooms or play slots in the casino throughout our wedding night. Even our wedding party continued our fun in the casino after our reception ended. Lastly, we researched many different northern Minnesota venues and Fortune Bay by far had the best price tag for all it had to offer in services. I can’t say enough positive things about our experience. Wedding planning is not a stress free experience but I can honestly say when it came to any detail that involved Fortune Bay, I had zero worries because I knew it was all being handled with the care a wedding day needs. If you’re looking for an all in one wedding weekend location, look no further.

Claire P.

The Golf Experience Is Always Good

15th Annual Mens Intergenerational Golf Event

The 15th Annual Men’s Intergenerational golf event was held at The Wilderness Golf Course at Fortune Bay this summer. John Moorhead and I once again want to thank all of you for enhancing the great experience for our participants. Clearly, the golf course, the club house facilities, the hotel, the casino and the marina are all first class, but even so they are greatly enhanced by the personnel at every one of those facilities who provide excellent customer service.

As you know this has become a charitable endeavor and this year our raffle and other events raised $2,183.00 for the Tower Food Shelf and North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity and we thank you for your generous donation of prizes that helped make that possible.

The Golf experience at The Wilderness is always good from the minute you walk into the Pro-Shop until the last putt drops. Thank you to Ryan Peterson and the entire golf course staff for all that they do, and a special thanks to Ryan for once again coming up with the Big Break contest and a very challenging putting contest.

We also appreciate the good food, beverages and service from the on-course providers and the staff in the Wilderness Grill. Our Friday night BBQ was delicious and once again the patio was a great venue.

The coordination by Rachel Indihar at the Wilderness and Chris Martin at Fortune Bay Hotel and Casino was perfect and everything, even with some moving targets, went without a hitch.

The hotel and banquet staff at Fortune bay was very welcoming and professional. Everyone appreciated the rooms and the Saturday night banquet was excellent and worked well for our group in the expanded banquet room. I also want to thank Byron Greenwaldt at the Marina, not only for the donation of a day of Ice Fishing as one of our prizes, but also for accommodating and finding a pontoon for part of our group that golfed in the morning, fished in the afternoon and made it to the BBQ that night.

Please let all of your staff know that they are appreciated by our group!

Our 49 participants are already looking forward to next year!

Thank you,

Richard P.

Anniversary Memories

Krystal -- Everything was great for the party! We had a really good time and it was great to not have to worry about food & clean up!

We all thought the food was excellent! The servers did a great job making sure the buffet was kept up along with picking up plates. Your suggestion of having the bar set up in the room worked great. I would definitely consider using your facility for another event!

I know I had a lot of questions for you while I was planning & I want to thank you for all your help & suggestions! Thanks again for all your help!


Kudos To Fortune Bay

Fortune Bay made our wedding day beyond perfect! Throughout the planning process and especially on the day of, Krystal made sure everything was taken care of, down to putting some of our cupcakes in our room's fridge to make sure we could have some for later.

To top of the wonderful service, their videographer created an amazingly awesome video that perfectly captures our day.

We couldn't have had a more perfect day thanks to Fortune Bay and Krystal and all the staff there. Thank you!!

Erin B.

A Joy To Work With

I had my wedding reception at Fortune Bay in August 2018 and I could not be happier with how everything turned out! I was married on a nearby island, but I would have had the wedding at Fortune Bay as well if there would have been inclement weather. Krystal was a joy to work with and was so accommodating. I had a destination wedding, so most of the planning was done via phone call or email, but they made sure all of my questions were answered and my vision became reality. Krystal also offered great ideas/recommendations when I asked. I only had a limited time I would be in the area prior to the wedding, and Krystal made sure I was able to get everything done in a short time frame. I also had so many compliments on the food for the reception. I lost count on how many people said it was the best wedding food they had ever had! I wouldn’t change a thing about the reception and would recommend Fortune Bay to anyone getting married in Tower, MN.

Lauren H.

Everything Was Wonderful!

AEOA Conference

Hi Krystal: Everything was WONDERFUL again!! The food was absolutely DELICIOUS!! Thank you so much for everything and we will see you all again this time next year!!

Jennifer S.

Great Job!

You Made Wedding Planning Much Less Stressful

I recently had my reception at Fortune Bay and I would highly recommend it! Krystal was great to work with—she was very responsive, flexible, helpful, and overall on top of things. We had the ceremony at a local island, and on top of all of the coordination with our reception, Krystal helped set up all of the boat transportation, shuttle service for guests from the hotel, and even chair rental for our ceremony. She gave great recommendations and really helped me a tremendous amount. She certainly made wedding planning much less stressful! During the set up of the reception, the other hotel/banquet staff were very helpful in making the room exactly as we needed it. I would highly recommend Fortune Bay for your wedding reception!

Lauren H.


Such A Personable Experience

I couldn't have asked for things to go better for our Wedding a Fortune Bay. We had a small intimate ceremony and dinner, with 60 people. It was originally supposed to be outside but due to really bad weather, the night before we decided to move it inside the ballroom. Krystal was such a wonderful help, making sure everything still turned out perfect. The food was AMAZING. Our guests still talk about how much they loved the food. Krystal was so easy to work with, as we live 4 hours away but she made everything easy to do via email/phone. It was such a personable experience, I would do it over and over again in a heartbeat.

Kaylee S.

The Food Was Phenomenal

Scenic River Health Services

Our dinner and our meeting both went great— I really appreciate you setting everything up for us. The food was phenomenal and the conference space worked out great.


Jared S.


Far Exceeded Our Expectations

It's been a week now since our Anniversary Party at Fortune Bay. We have now recouped and we would like to take a minute to thank you for all your help planning our event throughout the past year.

Since it was all planned via emails from Arizona, we would like to thank you for a job well done. We have received many, many compliments about the venue, food, and dance.

Everything far exceeded our expectations. The staff did a wonderful job and should be complimented too. Everyone was friendly, professional, and helpful. Thank you very much. Kudos to Fortune Bay


John & Ginger

A Wonderful Night

Our anniversary party was a huge success

The room looked beautiful. The rooms were great. Front desk staff went out of their way to accommodate us with last minute additions including 2 extra kids meals and an extra table.

Please let Chef Christian know the meal was spectacular. The steak was perfectly cooked and so tender we used butter knives to cut it. The champagne chicken melted in our mouths. The shrimp were meaty and delicious.

Thank you Krystal for being so thorough with the planning, giving me suggestions and options. It really was a wonderful night.

Thanks again,


Our Day Was Perfect!

Hali & Brian's Wedding

We are still on a high from how amazing everything went on Saturday. We've received so many compliments from our guests on how wonderful the food and service was! We can't thank Emily and all the Fortune Bay staff enough for making our day perfect!

Hali T. - Bride

Dave and I would like to thank you and all the staff at Fortune Bay! Everything was was great and the service was excellent!

Michelle T. - Mother of the Bride

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