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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.

Finishing up your summer cruising plans? The GLCCSchool Recording Library has just what you need!

The GLCCSchool is packed with over 35 great webinar recordings to help you plan your summer cruising adventures. Planning on going to the North Channel or the Georgian Bay? We have four webinars waiting just for you. Is a Lake Superior cruise in your plans? Well, we have five webinars on the big lake that will be right up your alley. And what about the rest of the Great Lakes? We have six more webinars that cover all of the rest of our sweet water seas ready for your inspection.

While you’re getting ready to go cruising don’t forget your cruising skills. Did your diesel engine start a little hard this spring? We have five Jim Zima diesel webinars you won’t want to miss. Are your weather forecasting skills a little thin? We have six Mark Thornton weather webinars that will be sure to pump up your weather IQ. Ever get hungry when you’re out there on the water? Check out our Cooking and Cruising on the Great Lakes --- it’s free!

This summer let the GLCCSchool help make your summer cruising adventure one to remember all winter long.

Port Captain Introductions: Brian Jacobs & Sharon Hing Jacobs

     Let's welcome newly appointed Port Captains Brian Jacobs & Sharon Hing Jacobs for Bay City, Mich. (H-61)! They have been boating since about 1976, starting with a Pierson Renegade 27-foot sailboat. They joined the GLCC in 1979 because they were sailing to Georgian Bay for a couple of weeks. In 1980, they and another couple bought a new Hunter 37-foot cutter rig sailboat which they continued to sail locally in Saginaw Bay and two weeks in Canada.

Past Commodore James C. Acheson

     Past Commodore James C. Acheson, 86, of Port Huron passed away on April 2, 2023. He had been a member for 56 years. Commodore Acheson joined in 1968 and became a member-at-large of the board of directors in 1981. He was elected Vice Commodore in 1986 serving under David Landry until becoming Commodore in 1988. Subsequent to his watch he was elected fleet captain, an office he held for 25 years.

March 31 2023 Harbor Report Updates

Spring is around the corner and it's time to start your planning for your cruising adventures. Use the Harbor Reports to explore a new area or try a new anchorage!

March 2023 Lifeline is now available for a good read!

As the flowers come up from being nestled underground, it seems the boats begin to emerge from underneath their wrappers! Soon we’ll be out by the dock or in that special area where we do our fitting out. This issue of Lifeline yields a fresh perspective on one of our Michigan harbors in northern Lake Huron; Presque Isle (H-70). Read about it and you may consider a stop this summer!

2022 Harbor Report Updates

Consolidation of the 2022 Harbor Reports with significant changes during the year. And now we start on 2023 - Happy New Year!