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What We Do

We help each other.

The GLCC was founded in 1934 to share cruising information among its members. It is still our core purpose. Our famous Log Book and Harbor Reports contains decades of detailed observations by our members, who have personally visited the areas, anchorages, harbors or waterways described in the individual reports.

Not all places have restaurants, grocery stores, medical facilities, and fuel docks. Just as when the club was founded, there are still wilderness and uncharted areas of the Great Lakes. Our reports are sometimes the only ones available for a particular location, including this anchorage in the Whalesback Channel, and this harbor in the Bay of Islands.

The harbor reports are viewable, printable, and saveable to your computer for off-line use while cruising.

Unlike commercial products, our harbor reports are constantly updated. They are maintained by our members in this "wiki" format on the Web. All GLCC members are, of course, encouraged to contribute their own observations, so we can continue to keep the reports up-to-date and state-of-the-art.

About 200 harbors have GLCC Port Captains. These dedicated individuals take special care of visiting members, and represent the club in a variety of ways. They are a great resource, especially when you are cruising outside your normal area.

Our collective experiences on the vast Inland Seas also provide great material for boating discussions and stories, wherever we get together. Besides our annual Rendezvous, we have rallies, flotilla cruises, and social events. However, most GLCC meetings just happen, because several members just find themselves in the same anchorage at the same time. We like having fun together.

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.

Got a New Webinar Idea?

The members of the GLCCSchool team are always looking for new webinars and webinar presenters.  Every year the school presents 40 or more live webinars.  While there are core set of webinars that are repeated, finding new webinar topics is a high priority for every team member.

2022 Annual General Membership Meetings

     The 2022 Rendezvous was the Great Lakes Cruising Club’s first all-member general gathering since the start of COVID. The second will be the 2022 GLCC and Great Lakes Foundation Annual General Membership Meeting weekend.

     The 2022 Great Lakes Cruising Club’s Annual General Meeting and Change of Watch will be Oct. 28–30 in Port Huron, Mich. (D-1), the GLCC’s official “corporate” home.  

Port Captain Introductions: Mike Kohut

Mike already sits as Port Captain for Florida Keys, Fla. & Mackinaw City, Mich. (H-76.5) and has now taken on duties for Petoskey, Mich. (M-5). He and his wife Linda are both originally from Pittsburgh, Penn. and moved to South East Michigan in January of 1970.

2022 Fall Lifeline is Here!

We’ve had an exceptional boating season after bouncing back from the pandemic. We were able to hold our annual summer Rendezvous again!  This time in beautiful Mackinaw City, Mich. (H-76.5). Be sure to check out the article and see if you recognize a familiar face in the center spread! Also, see what you missed at the Lake Erie Rally and other events that happened this summer. The Annual General Membership Meeting is coming up in October so of course Lifeline has all the information you need.

A US Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demonstration

One of the highlights of this past summer's Great Lakes Cruising Club Rendezvous was a Coast Guard Helicopter rescue demonstration. Impressive seamanship and piloting by the USCG! This great video taken, edited and narrated by GLCC Treasurer and Past Commodore Niels Jensen captures it well. Enjoy!

August 13 2022 Harbor Report Updates

As SV Gaviidae departed Presque Isle heading for Port Colborne on Lake Erie, the sunrise was magnificent. The Harbor Reports team has been busy updating reports as we cruise but we've also been getting great input from our fellow GLCC members.