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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.

Navionics Maps on Website changed to Google Maps

Navionics has terminated the use of their web service that gives us the ability to show locations of Harbor Reports on a chart.  They announced this 3 days before they pulled the plug. They said it was because of  technical issues but did not explain further. They were also inconsistent on whether it is temporary or permanent.  At this time your web committee is looking for a replacement solution. In the mean time we have replaced the charts with Google Maps satellite view.  Unfortunately, that will not give us depth and other nautical information.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

GLCC at the Virtual Toronto International Boat Show

The Virtual Toronto International Boat Show runs from Wednesday January 26 through to Sunday January 30.  Free registration is required to  attend the virtual show which can easily be done here:  https://www.torontoboatshow.com

2022 GLCC Rendezvous: Mackinaw City, Mich. (H-76.5)

After 2 years without a Rendezvous – the GLCC Rendezvous is back on schedule! We are so looking forward to SEEING everyone at the 2022 Great Lakes Cruising Club Annual Rendezvous! We’ve strategically chosen Mackinaw City, Mich. (H-76.5) at the Straits State Harbor adjacent to the “Big Mac” bridge for this year’s rendezvous.

2021 Harbor Report Updates

Consolidation of the 2021 Harbor Reports with significant changes during the year. And now we start on 2022 - Happy New Year!

GLF Nature Conservancy of Canada Grant Update

The Great Lakes Foundation Board of Directors has created a Grants Committee to facilitate the Board in conducting its philanthropic mission.

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.