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What We Do

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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.

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June 10 2021 Harbor Report Updates

Heading out soon or already underway with your summer cruise? Please help us improve our Harbor Reports with new pictures and updated information. It's simple - just add the information in the comment field for the Harbor Report. In the meantime, make sure you've got the most current reports with you. Here is the list of Harbor Reports that have had major updates.

2021 Summer Lifeline is In!

The June issue of the Lifeline includes the new Founders Award winning log by Vic and Sue Camaiore, which has us exploring ports like Alpena, Mackinac Island, Fayette and Sturgeon Bay. It is the first of two installments so be sure to start reading here and conclude in the next issue!

The GLCC Cookbook Is Available Online

Whether tied up at a dock or out on the anchor, cooking in the galley can be fun. 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.

June 2 2021 Harbor Report Updates

Starting now, notice of Harbor Reports with significant/relevant updates will be posted in News from the Harbor Reports Committee under the Discussion Menu. You can view online or download at your leisure.

2021 Lake Erie Wilderness Rally

The Lake Erie South Shore does not really have any true “wilderness” areas to anchor and enjoy nature. Presque Isle State Park (PISP) has the best of both worlds. PISP is located about 90 miles East of Cleveland (via boat) or about 130 miles east of the Lake Erie Islands. It is a beautiful anchoring area protected on all four sides with good holding in sand and mud, surrounded by trees and wildlife on three sides. This rally was designed for members who always wanted to anchor out but didn’t know quite how to do it.