equipment and operation; and to promote good fellowship and helpfulness in
the sport of outboard boating”.
The name “Milwaukee Boat Club” was adopted in 1972 and the Bylaws
expanded at that time to reflect the membership’s concern with the environment
The Outboard Boating Club of America (OBC) now known as the National
Boating Federation (NBF) has honored the MBC on four occasions. In 1972,
MBC received the highest possible national award as “Best Boat Club”. In 1975
MBC was awarded second place.
As MBC approached its 25th anniversary in 1982, changes in boating had
occurred with the introduction of fiberglass. Many members abandoned their
runabouts, small wood boats and their outboards for I/O’s and inboard powered
boats. Though some members own trailerable boats for the versatility, other
members own larger boats for their comfort and convenience.
During the non boating season MBC holds monthly membership meetings. MBC
maintains an active year-round calendar of boating, cruising and social
activities. Past organized cruises have been made to Lake Superior’s Apostle
Islands, Kentucky Lake in Tennessee, the Illinois River, the Mississippi River
from Rock Island, IL to St. Paul, MN, Lake Winnebago, Ontario’s Rainy Lake and
Lake of the Woods area, Lake Huron’s North Channel, Georgian Bay, Door
County, Little & Big Bay de Noc, Mackinac Island, Beaver Island, and various
ports and harbors of Wisconsin and Michigan shores.
Other boating events include: rafting together on the club’s permanent mooring
buoy located off Milwaukee’s Oklahoma Beach, Lake Michigan Yachting
Association (LMYA) Open Houses, fishing contests, dinghy cruises around the
harbor and up Milwaukee’s rivers. Annual non-boating events include: the
Shove-Off-Spree (S-O-S), Chilidump, picnic, Sno-Fun, First Mate’s land cruises,
and Commodore’s Ball.
The club publishes a monthly newsletter, THE RUNABOUTER, keeping members
up to date on club events, safety tips, cruises, and items of interest.
In 2007 MBC created this website as a tool to reach more boaters. MBC
continues be an active participant in Milwaukee area boating events and a voice
in environmental issues so that we may enjoy our waterways in the future.