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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 1,100 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 1,100 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.

Tuesday in the GLCCSchool – Understanding and Avoiding Thunderstorms

Join Mark Thornton on Tuesday April 6th & 13th as he takes an in depth look at these strong and dangerous storms. Thunderstorms can come quickly and can bring with them strong winds, large waves, dangerous lightning and even waterspouts. Understanding what causes and makes up a thunderstorm can help you avoid danger.

Thursday in the GLCCSchool – North Channel Ports and the Little Current Cruisers’ Net

Roy Eaton knows the North Channel like the back of his hand. He ought to, that’s where he lives. Join Roy this Thursday, April 15th as he shows you the quaint ports that dot this wonderful cruising grounds. And to top that off Roy will introduce you to the amazing Little Current Cruisers’ Net.

2021 Lake Erie Picnic

We’re Baaack!! The GLCC Lake Erie Picnic is BACK! Welcome to spring. This picnic starts off the boating season for Region 53 Lake Erie. It’s open to all GLCC members and guests. Come join us for fellowship, fun and food. Our host at Herl's Harbor and our chairs, Port Captains Denny and Sharon Dutcher, have put together a great picnic. This picnic just keeps getting bigger and better. We are a go.. rain or shine.

2021 Spring Lifeline is In

A year since the start of an epic pandemic and we are slowly (very slow) getting to a new normal. The Club has dedicated committees of individuals who are constantly working toward that goal. Good news for members who have been wanting to cruise to some new activities...

Port Captain Introductions: Jim & Heidi Egensperger

Today we welcome Jim & Heidi Egensperger as newly appointed Deputy Port Captains for Mentor Harbor, Ohio (E-8). They both grew up in NE Ohio near Lake Erie and have been boating, in many forms, all their lives. Please stop by when you are in the area!

Welcome to the New GLCC Website

The new GLCC Website has launched!  We hope you find it easy to navigate, more modern and mobile friendly. There are several new features that should be highlighted. Click the Learn More button below to review them. Please note that your login credentials remain the same. Consider viewing the Webinar to learn about the site. If you have questions or comments please use the Contact Us menu item above.