Food Summit Transportation

The Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit will be held at the Pokagon Band’s amazing Rodgers Lake location (58620 Sink Road | Dowagiac, MI 49047) that is home to the the Band’s powwow grounds.

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The closest airport is South Bend, Indiana, which is about a 30-45 minute drive.  Chicago is about 2 hours, depending on traffic, and Detroit is close to 4 hours.  Commercial shuttle service runs from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana (roughly $45 one-way or $75 round-trip, but you may want to check for other alternatives).  Trains also arrive into nearby Niles, Michigan.  We will work to coordinate shuttle service from South Bend with advance notice, but we cannot guarantee availability & we will not be able to provide transportation from Chicago.

You can use the comments box at the bottom of this page to post ride-share information.

Lodging is not included in the event registration, but there are room blocks at

  • Baymont Inn. 29291 Amerihost Dr, Dowagiac, MI 49047(269) 782-4270.
  • Quality Inn. 1265 S 11th, Niles, MI, 49120. 269-684-3900  Click here for reservations.
  • Holiday Inn Express. 1000 Moore Street, Niles, MI, 49120. Click here or call 269-684-0300 for reservations.  Code is PBF or tell them Pokagon Band Food Summit
  • Camping and RV sites are available onsite at no cost.  However, please be sure to make your reservation by adding that option during the registration process.

11 thoughts on “Food Summit Transportation

  1. Hello everyone,
    I will be driving to the event grounds from Madison, WI on Wednesday afternoon to attend the food summit, and returning on Sunday afternoon. I would be able to take 1-3 people with me in my vehicle, which has moderate cargo space for camping gear. Please contact me at 608-422-9580 or on Facebook if you’d like to plan to join me, and we can work out the details as we get closer.

  2. She:kon, I’m looking for anyone who would like a ride, a passenger or caravan through Southern Ontario, Canada… Montreal-Detroit ( Highway 401corridor). Also any suggestions on the best U.S. – Can. crossing into Michigan?


  3. I am attending on Friday, driving from Detroit (still figuring out exact details). Have room for one more person if you’d like a ride from Detroit or somewhere along the way.

  4. Hello all my name is Darryl and I’m landing in south bend on April 24 at 10:00-10:30 pm, I will be getting transportation if anyone needs a ride to he site at that time. Feel free to contact me if you need a ride.

  5. I’m on Walpole island, looking for a ride on Thursday.. 5196273457 please hit me up if you have any room.

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