Great Lakes Boating Federation: serving all recreational boaters on the Great Lakes

About the Federation

The Great Lakes Boating Federation is dedicated to serving recreational boaters on the Great Lakes and the inland waterways east of the Mississippi. These needs range from voicing freshwater boaters’ concerns in Washington, to providing member discounts at boating related businesses.

Unlike some national organizations, we believe that, to be truly effective, a boating organization must be willing to advance boater’s interests on a local, state, and regional level. The Federation is committed to defend boaters against any harsh and undue regulations affecting their ease and pleasure of boating. There are 4.3 million registered boaters on the Great Lakes, and the GLBF stands to give them a strong, unified voice.

The Federation is also committed to providing member discounts at the best vendors and providers of boating products and services. By partnering with businesses, we are able to provide privileges to our members while supporting the local economy.

Joining the GLBF membership supports both the organization and its cause, helping empower boaters specifically in the Great Lakes region. Boaters of the Sweetwater Seas can create a force to be reckoned with, if we act now and join together as one.


Monthly Features

When Fish Worlds Collide

USFWS Works with Partners to Find Solutions BY AARON JUBAR The river was slightly turbid from rain the day before, but the high-powered spotlights...

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It’s a Boat, Could Water Really Be Damaging it?

By Scott Grassie, Progressive National Watercraft Claims Manager Boats “live” in the water most of the time, but even after years of advances in...

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Recent News Articles

Cool lighthouses of the Great Lakes

by Peter Krause, Lighthouses are romantic even though they have ceased being a vital aid to navigation. They hark back to a time...

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Northern Pike Challenge Cancelled

North Country Now WADDINGTON – Unseasonably warm weather has forced organizers to cancel the Northern Pike Challenge for the second consecutive year. The event...

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How do you get rid of 750 trillion mussels?

by Kathleen Lavey, Lansing State Journal What would it take to get rid of the trillions of invasive zebra and quagga mussels that carpet the bottom...

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Study finds slight mercury increases in some Great Lakes fish, birds

by Ron Leonardi, Toxic mercury levels have increased slightly in some Great Lakes fish and birds since the early 2000s, according to a...

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Free Ice Fishing Clinic Feb. 22 at Casterline Pond [NY]

by NY DECC The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a free ice fishing clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30...

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Invasive Grass Carp pose threat to Lake Erie, surrounding wetlands

by Jenn Schanz,, News 4 BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- New research shows a type of Asian Carp has been found in several Great Lakes, including...

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