Win-River Casino Receives Approval to Move to New Property in California

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Win-River Casino Redding Rancheria Receives Approval to Move to New Property in California

Win-River Casino, located at 2100 Redding Rancheria Rd in Redding, California, has received approval from the Department of the Interior (DOI) to relocate to Strawberry Fields in Churn Creek Bottom near Redding’s southern border in the Golden State.

Win-River Casino will move from Redding to Strawberry Fields in Churn Creek Bottom in the upcoming future

According to KRCR News, the DOI issued a formal decision on July 1 to transfer property along Interstate 5 in Redding into federal trust status for gaming purposes.

The Redding Rancheria says the federal review process included nearly two decades of expert analysis into the economic, environmental and social impacts of the proposed casino relocation.

The DOI-led analysis completed an in-depth final report detailing the impacts on surrounding businesses, traffic, wildlife habitat, the Sacramento River, and historical and cultural resources.

Of course, the final report served as the basis for the decision, the Redding Rancheria noted. The tribe first announced its plan to relocate the Win-River Casino to the area known as Strawberry Fields in Churn Creek Bottom near Redding’s southern border in 2016.

In order for the tribe to operate a casino, its land must be moved into trust of the federal government.

“We extend special gratitude to the DOI, its leadership and staff for its hard work, thorough analysis, and ultimate approval of our casino relocation project,” the Redding Rancheria said in a press release.

“We also thank key congressional representatives, the State of California — especially the Governor’s Office and Assembly Member Ramos, Shasta County, the City of Shasta Lake, and the many tribal nations that have supported us along the way. Finally, we thank our tribal members, employees, and community supporters.”

Redding Rancheria plans to build a nine-story, 69,541-square-foot casino resort with 250 hotel rooms

The Rancheria says the timeline to break ground on the project depends on many factors. They say they are confident the decision will be upheld in federal court despite a few groups opposing the project.

“These types of challenges are, unfortunately, common in Indian Country, and we are confident that the DOI’s decision-making process for our casino relocation project is thorough, sound, and in compliance with federal law,” the Rancheria said.

Furthermore, the Rancheria intends to build a nine-story, 69,541-square-foot casino resort. It will also feature 250 hotel rooms, multiple restaurants, a conference center, and an event center.

A 132,000-square-foot regional retail center on a portion of 232 acres of undeveloped land west of I-5 known as Strawberry Fields is also planned. The property is just south of the I-5-South Road interchange near a new Costco store that opened in late 2022.

The current hotel of Win-River Casino has just 84 rooms. The casino covers roughly 60,000 square feet on Highway 273 between Clear Creek and Canyon roads.