If you're a Captain, River Guide, Inland Guide or Mate with a passion for the Great Lakes and this amazing natural resource, you should join MCBA.

Discover the heart of the Great Lakes fishing community with the Michigan Charter Boat Association (MCBA). For over 52 years, we've been dedicated to promoting and protecting our precious fisheries through education and advocacy. Our Members epitomize dedication, with a profound care of the Great Lakes resources and the intricate network of inland lakes and rivers. They uphold the highest standards of professionalism and safety, ensuring, every excursion is not just a fishing trip, but a memory that will last a lifetime. Whether you're looking to reel in trophy catches or simply bask in the serenity of the water, our member captains, guides and mates are here to make it happen. Use the links below to become a member and be part of a Professional Organization that puts OUR Great Lakes and Fishery FIRST. Please read the application instructions (PDF) here . Any questions, please call 800-622-2971


USCG license number required, you can pause and continue later
Membership includes D&A Testing- $235 + $5.00 service charge. If you are already enrolled in a drug screening program, membership is $170 + $5, once joined you must upload a compliance letter. Call 1-800-622-2971 and they will help

1. NEW Captain's Application

2.NEW First Mate's Application

Additional Ports : if you require more then four additional ports, use this form in addition to the application form.

Retired Captain - receive newsletter and e-blast, member discount at Annual Meeting $30.00

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Michigan Charter Boat Association has over 600 Captain members

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The Michigan Charter Boat Association represents over 600 professional captains that serve over 100 ports in Michigan. As one of Michigan's largest recreational organizations, member captains operate fishing charters on the Great Lakes, River Guides on Michigan's thousands of miles of steams and rivers, Sail boat charters out of many Michigan ports of call, Scuba Dive charters in Michigan's shipwreck dive preserves, and scenic cruises exploring the beauty of Michigan's shoreline, lighthouses, or a lake vacation adventure. These businesses contribute to Michigan's tourism economy and are vital to the region. Michigan Charter Boat Association Captains and their vessels meet all state and federal laws.

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The Michigan Charter Boat Association is a federally recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and recognized for tax-deductible giving by the federal government. For assistance call 1-800-622-2971