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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 Lake Erie Picnic

      Once again, the GLCC is excited announce the annual GLCC Lake Erie Picnic. Please mark your calendars for Saturday June 4, 2022. All members and guests are welcome. Food will be purchased and served. There is no need to bring a dish to share this year.
      Herl’s Harbor Marina Park is once again, our host, located East of Port Clinton on Catawba Island

The GLCC Cookbook Is Available Online

With Covid-19 restrictions mostly behind us, restaurants might be crowded this year so you may want to do more cooking aboard. To make sure you’re ready for this summer’s galley adventures be sure to download the GLCC Cookbook before you shove off. Our cookbook is packed with over 80 tried and true GLCC member’s cruising recipes. Why bother getting dressed up for a restaurant dinner when you can have fun whipping up something great to eat and never leave your boat.

Port Captain Introductions: Bob Allenick

Bob Allenick has quite the range of boating experience. Let's read a little about our newly appointed Port Captain for Cleveland, Ohio (East, E-10) and wish him a hearty welcome...
     My first sailing experience took place at age 14, on a friend’s family boat – a classic wooden Dragon. The Dragon was a wet sailor when beating through Lake Erie’s 3-foot short chop – it was love at first dousing.

Member Referral Discount

     Have you ever been chatting with a fellow boater about the GLCC who is potentially interested in joining? Many of us do so while we’re cruising or strolling the docks. So why should this potential member have to wait until a boat show to get a discount?
      Starting now, the club is initiating a member referral discount where you give the prospective member an immediate $25 discount off the initiation fee if they sign-up within a two-week window.
The process is simple.

2022 Lake Erie Rally

Get ready for some “Rootin’-tootin’, gun slingin’, saloon dancin’, wild ropin’, all out western fun” when the “Wild Wild West’’ comes to the Lake Erie Rally June 17–19 on Middle Bass Island (E-18.5)! Do you remember the Alamo? Do you remember Lonz Winery? They will be one in the same this fabulous weekend! Wild West traditions (line dancing, steer roping, gun fighting and more), along with delicious western food and all the fixins’ will delight all your senses!

March 27 2022 Harbor Report Updates

Spring is just around the corner, it's time to start planning your summer cruise! As we did last year, we will continue to post notices regarding Harbor Reports that have had major updates.