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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.

2022 Great Lakes Cruising Club Membership

The 2022 Membership Renewal forms were mailed from our printer on 10/1/2021 to all 2021 Great Lakes Cruising Club members. The renewal forms are for both members that pay their dues through the website, those that have a recurring dues subscription and for those that mail their dues payment to the GLCC office. PLEASE read the instructions that are on your renewal form as well as the membership information that was exported from your GLCC membership profile.

Tuesday in the GLCCSchool – Marine Forecasting Apps

There are plenty of apps devoted to marine weather observations and forecasting, but which ones are worth your time and money and which ones really suite your needs. Let respected marine weather forecaster, Mark Thornton, help you to sort out the strengths and weaknesses of the popular marine weather apps.

Saturday December 11th in the GLCCSchool – Happy Hooking: The Art of Anchoring

Want to sleep easy while you’re hanging on the hook? Want to ditch the dock for a wonderful wilderness anchorage? If you want to hear the definitive word on the Art of Anchoring from the couple that literally wrote the book, sign up for this outstanding GLCCSchool webinar and enjoy a morning with Captains Alex & Daria Blackwell.

Port Captain Introductions: Steven T. Freitas

Let's welcome newly appointed Port Captain Stephen T. Freitas for Grosse Pointe, Mich. (D-50)! Steve has been a competitive sailor for over 35 years, and a cruising power boater for 24 years. He is a past member of the US Sailing Board of Directors, past member of the US Sailing Olympic Sailing Committee, member Bayview Yacht Club, and Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Steve is a past Commodore of Grosse Pointe Club and is currently Treasurer of Gregory’s River Club.

2022 Lake Superior Mid-Winter Dinner Meeting

Event Cost: $67 USD/person  •  Guests are Welcome
Saturday, January 8, 2022
DoubleTree by Hilton Roseville • Roseville, Minn.

Please click here to register online / click here to view printable registration form (No refunds after 12/22/21)

Port Captain Introductions: Steven L. Arbaugh

Please welcome newly appointed Port Captain Steven L. Arbaugh for Harbor Springs, Mich. (M-4)! Here's a bit right from the sailor's mouth...