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A Hidden Paradise on the Nautical Mile


GLYC Swimming Pool


Our beautiful park-like grounds provide a relaxing atmosphere for enjoying your time on land. GLYC has some of the best amenities of any club in the area:

  • Air conditioned clubhouse with women’s and men’s locker rooms and showers

  • Free WiFi throughout the grounds

  • Dedicated Club Manager

  • Heated swimming pool

  • Outdoor patio & fire pit

  • Picnic tables, grills, and children’s playscape

  • Dog friendly (members only)

  • Weekend galley service in season

  • 2 club Sonar sailboats for member use

  • Abundant dining and boating services nearby

  • Easy access to/from I-696 and I-94

GLYC Outer Harbor Sunset


Our harbor is roughly 7 feet deep and accommodates a wide variety of large and small power and sail boats.  We have plenty of space on-site for winter storage. In addition, the harbor offers:

  • Full-time Harbor Master

  • 118 finger wells up to 54′

  • Electricity and water at wells

  • Self-service pump-out station

  • 30 ton Travel Lift

  • 840 lb gin pole for boats under 35′

  • 1,400 lb gin pole for boats over 35′

  • Winter storage includes haul out, bottom wash and launch

  • Winter mast storage

  • Summer cradle storage

  • Dinghy storage


From modest beginningswe have become one of the most desirable and respected yacht clubs in the Metro Detroit area.

Great Lakes Yacht Club was formed in 1952.  At that time, the club was known as The Island Boat Club and was located on the Detroit River just east of Waterworks Park with three catboats and five boat wells. By 1954, The Island Boat Club had recruited members, collected dues and borrowed enough money to lease the current site on the shore of Lake St.Clair. At that time the club was renamed Great Lakes Yacht Club (GLYC) and construction began on the clubhouse. In 1963, GLYC acquired title to our beautiful lakeside grounds, and in 2000 a major renovation of our docks was complete.

Since its inception, GLYC has valued diversity. Originally founded by a Jewish membership, we were among the first clubs in the region to grant membership to women, and in 1983 Commodore Eve Kommel was elected as our first female Commodore.  Today, our membership includes a diverse community of power and sail boat owners.  We continue to enjoy our beautiful grounds and the camaraderie that membership in GLYC has afforded us for over 70 years.

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