About Us

One third of all boaters in the United States call the Great Lakes home. We are a major staple of the local economy, spending $16 billion annually—money that supports American businesses. Until now, however, we have lacked representation to express the interests and needs that are unique to our region.

Mission Statement

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.

-F. Ned Dikmen, Ph.D., Chairman

The Staff

The Great Lakes Boating Federation is comprised of a staff with an impressive collection of legal and Great Lakes Commission experience, a 25-year history of publishing boating-related articles, and above all else, a passion for sailing, fishing, and power boating on the Great Lakes. Each is dedicated to raising the boater’s voice.