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Resources and Relationships for Great Lakes Cruisers

Whether you’re an old salt or a novice, power boater or sailor, captain or crew, there’s always more to know about cruising the Great Lakes. Sharing information is what we’re all about. We are cruisers helping cruisers--to find remote anchorages; navigate locks and waterways; hone skills via online webinars; or connect with other cruisers and build friendships.

Many join GLCC to obtain access to our constantly updated online Harbor Reports--considered the most authoritative, accurate and up-to-date cruising documents on the Great Lakes. These reports provide detailed observations by members who have personally visited the area, anchorage, harbor or waterway. Is that restaurant still there?  What about propane, hospitals or groceries? What’s the best approach? Current depth? How can I avoid rocks and shoals in an uncharted anchorage? A GLCC report is sometimes the only information source available for a particular remote location. Plus each report contains first hand and useful details, as shown in these three sample reports for anchorages in Lake Superior, The North Channel and Georgian Bay

Unlike other guides, our reports are constantly updated – over 1000 since our start in 1934 — and regularly maintained by our members in a "wiki" format on the Web. They are viewable, printable and can be downloaded to your phone and computer for off line viewing while cruising. 

And our renowned harbor reports are just the beginning… 
•    Many harbors have GLCC Port Captains, who provide local knowledge and assistance-- especially helpful for cruisers outside their home waters.
•    A growing number of yacht clubs -- Great Lakes and beyond -- extend reciprocity to GLCC members.
•    Member discounts for marine services, products, marinas and gas docks are available.
•    Our online school offers live and recorded classes in all aspects of cruising. 
•    Collective member experiences provide priceless material for discussions, stories and boating tips. 
•    Besides our popular annual rendezvous, we arrange rallies, flotillas, and fun social events. 

But the best GLCC experiences just seem to “happen,” when members find each other in the same harbor, refuge, anchorage, wilderness or dock.  Having fun with fellow cruisers may be the best of all GLCC membership benefits.

Over 1000 Harbor Reports

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One of the great member benefits of joining the Great Lakes Cruising Club is access to our detailed Cruising Guides for over 1000 harbors of the five Great Lakes as well as Lake St. Clair. Our Harbor Reports are continually updated by fellow GLCC members, and the latest versions are immediately available on this website.

2023 Lake Superior Rally at Houghton-Hancock

You are in for a treat. We are trying something new. For the first time, the Lake Superior Rally will be held at Houghton-Hancock, Mich. (S-200) on the spectacular Keweenaw Peninsula, Mich. (S-199). This location was only recently made possible by a major harbor improvement project of Houghton’s City Dock.

2023 fall Lifeline is in!

Fall is coming but GLCC's Summer was a summary of adventures around the Great Lakes as GLCC’s numerous events were quite lively and entertaining. Inside the covers of this fall’s Lifeline, are full reports of all that happened, what’s happening and what’s coming up! We’re looking forward to the Lake Erie Regional Dinner Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio (E-10) and our late October Annual Meeting in St. Clair, Mich. (D-8) and hope to see you there.

2023 GLCC Annual General Membership Meeting

The historic St. Clair Inn, in St. Clair, Michigan, is the site for this year’s Annual Membership Meeting Oct. 27–28. But a famous shipwreck is the star. The boutique hotel on the St. Clair River is within sight of Ontario. It has recently been renovated. Its new look is built in many ways on stories of the past, when bootleggers around the area made the short trip from Canada to the US.

2023 Lake Ontario Rally

Ahoy GLCC Region 35 members! Plans for an informal Lake Ontario Rally at the Trent Port Marina (O-34) the weekend of August 11–13th are moving forward! There is no registration fee but please let me know by August 5th if you are planning to attend and will join us for dinner at Tomasso's Italian Grille on Saturday evening so we can make reservations.

July 7 2023 Harbor Report Updates

Summer is in full swing with GLCC members cruising all parts of the Great Lakes. Thank you to all who have been submitting updates and images along the way!

2023 GLCC Rendezvous

The 2023 Rendezvous will be July 16-20 at the North Coast Harbor, formerly known as Rock ‘n Dock, in downtown Cleveland, Ohio (E-10). Some logistical details about the Rendezvous: