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Resources and Relationships for Great Lakes Cruisers

Whether you’re an old salt or a novice, power boater or sailor, captain or crew, there’s always more to know about cruising the Great Lakes. Sharing information is what we’re all about. We are cruisers helping cruisers--to find remote anchorages; navigate locks and waterways; hone skills via online webinars; or connect with other cruisers and build friendships.

Many join GLCC to obtain access to our constantly updated online Harbor Reports--considered the most authoritative, accurate and up-to-date cruising documents on the Great Lakes. These reports provide detailed observations by members who have personally visited the area, anchorage, harbor or waterway. Is that restaurant still there?  What about propane, hospitals or groceries? What’s the best approach? Current depth? How can I avoid rocks and shoals in an uncharted anchorage? A GLCC report is sometimes the only information source available for a particular remote location. Plus each report contains first hand and useful details, as shown in these three sample reports for anchorages in Lake Superior, The North Channel and Georgian Bay

Unlike other guides, our reports are constantly updated – over 1000 since our start in 1934 — and regularly maintained by our members in a "wiki" format on the Web. They are viewable, printable and can be downloaded to your phone and computer for off line viewing while cruising. 

And our renowned harbor reports are just the beginning… 

•    Many harbors have GLCC Port Captains, who provide local knowledge and assistance-- especially helpful for cruisers outside their home waters.

•    A growing number of yacht clubs -- Great Lakes and beyond -- extend reciprocity to GLCC members.

•    Member discounts for marine services, products, marinas and gas docks are available.

•    Our online school offers live and recorded classes in all aspects of cruising. 

•    Collective member experiences provide priceless material for discussions, stories and boating tips. 

•    Besides our popular annual rendezvous, we arrange rallies, flotillas, and fun social events. 

But the best GLCC experiences just seem to “happen,” when members find each other in the same harbor, refuge, anchorage, wilderness or dock.  Having fun with fellow cruisers may be the best of all GLCC membership benefits.


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.

2024 Lake Erie Picnic

All Great Lakes Cruising Club members and guests are welcome June 1 at the 2024 Lake Erie Picnic. The picnic is at Herl’s Harbor Marina, east of Port Clinton, Ohio (E-16.8). It starts at noon, but earlier arrivals are just fine. The site has a large sheltered backup location in case of rain. Prepare to tell tall boating tales, renew friendships, and welcome new GLCC members.

Thursday in the GLCCSchool – The History and Future of the Soo Locks

For all of mankind’s history, we have loved to listen to great story tellers. If you’re like the rest of us and love a great story, you will not want to miss this brand new GLCCSchool webinar - The History and Future of the Soo Locks. This fascinating tall, but true tale will be told by diver, boater, journalist, historian and Great Lakes adventurer, Ric Mixter.

The Soo Locks have been transferring ship traffic since 1855, and remain today one of the busiest waterways in the world. Besides their amazing ability to raise and lower 1000-foot ships in a half-hour, the Soo Locks are stepped in the history of our nation’s heartland. Join Ric Mixter this Thursday as he literally takes you inside the locks and then spins a history that is just as fascinating as how the locks work.

Don't forget all the GLCCSchool webinars are free for all GLCC members.

Port Captaiin Introductions: Dan and Fawn Johnson

Dan and Fawn Johnson, Manitowoc, Wis. (M-49): The Johnsons have spent most of their lives boating and sailing the waters of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes, specifically their home port of Manitowoc, Wis. They own a 40-foot Endeavour (S/V Royal Coachman III) and have sailed most of Lake Michigan, the western shores of Lake Huron, and the southern shores of Lake Erie. In August of 2021, they started the Great Loop and almost exactly one year later crossed their wake and went gold.

2024 GLCC Membership Cards

This year the GLCC is introducing a new feature where members can display their membership card on their mobile device or print them from their PC. Please note that each person in a membership will have their own card. There will not be a way to have a card with both names on it.

February 22 2024 Harbor Report Updates

Sections of the St. Lawrence Harbor Reports have received significant updates based on the travels of GLCC members and friends who made the journey down the Seaway over the last couple of years. These updates will be helpful for those heading out as well as those who are heading into the Great Lakes via the Seaway.

Port Captain Introductions: Denny & Ellie Schurdell

Port Clinton, Ohio (E-20): Denny Schurdell has been a life-long teacher. He is retired as a visual arts teacher, K-12 and college. He coached for many years in wrestling, cross country and soccer. Denny has degrees from Kent State University, La Verne College, and Cleveland State University. He belongs to the Sandusky Yacht Club, and is a former member of Bay Point Yacht Club and Harbor Bay Yacht Club. He is a founder of the former Catalina sailboat association-LECOA (Lake Erie Catalina Owners Association).