Visiting Campus

school&sloopGreat Lakes Boat Building School is housed in an impressive 12,000 square-foot waterfront facility, east of the Mackinac Bridge along the northern shore of Lake Huron in the Les Cheneaux Islands. These thirty-six islands provide sheltered channels and bays within the Straits of Mackinac – a historic harbor area for boaters and explorers.

Located in the remarkable Great Waters region of the Upper Peninsula– the Les Cheneaux Area is an authentic place, where the community shares a passion for adventure, independence, a love of small town life, and of course, boats.

Great Lakes Boat Building School is a short, 35 minute drive from lakes Michigan and Superior.

As a student you will live and learn in a place that inspires wonder each day.

Satisfy any thirst for outdoor recreation within the endless acres of public forest, trails, campgrounds, rustic resorts, beaches and miles of open water and protected channels.

Mighty Mackinac Bridge @ Sunset

GETTING HERE

Getting to Cedarville is easy, leaving is the hard part.  drive timeAnd yeah, we’re “out of the way” – but that’s just the way we like it.

FROM AREAS SOUTH OF CEDARVILLE

Take I-75 north, over the Mackinac Bridge (toll), and continue North on I-75 for 14 more miles. Take Exit 359 onto M-134/North Huron Shore Drive. Continue East for 17 miles – take a right on Meridian, continue south through the 4-way stop.  GLBBS will be on your left.

FROM AREAS WEST OF CEDARVILLE

Take US-2 to I-75. Travel along I-75 North for 14 miles. Take Exit 359 onto M-134/North Huron Shore Drive. Continue East for 17 miles – welcome to Cedarville! Take a right on Meridian, continue south through the 4-way stop.  GLBBS will be on your left.

FROM THE NORTHERN U.P.

Take M-28 east to M-129. Turn right and travel south on M-129 for 24 miles – welcome to Cedarville! Make your way through the intersection with M-134 and then through a 4-way stop.  GLBBS will be on your left.

ON THE WAVES

Our dock is located at 45° 59’ 32.838’’ N and 84° 21’ 39.402’’ W

Cedarville can be found on NOAA Chart #14885. 

FROM THE SKIES

Albert J. Lindberg Airport (5Y1) – Hessel, Michigan. 5 miles from Cedarville.

Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) –  Kincheloe, Michigan. Car Rental Available. 24 miles from Cedarville.

Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) – Pellston, Michigan. Car Rental Available. 54 miles from Cedarville.

WHERE TO STAY/EAT

The Les Cheneaux Area offers a range of lodging and restaurant accommodations that provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy their time in the Upper Peninsula.  With convenient, affordable hotels, cabins and cottages, and an assortment of dining options, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your interests and your budget.

STAY

Barefoot’s Resort (closed Oct.-Apr.)
Cedarville Lodge
Ford’s Cottages
Hills Point Resort
Island View Resort (closed Nov.-March)
Lakeview Motel & Cottages
Waterlawn Cottages

EAT

Ang-Gio’s
Fired Up Pizza & More
Hessel Grocery & Deli
The Islander
Les Cheneaux Culinary School Restaurant (open late May – early Sept.)
Snow’s Bar & Grill

 

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What People Say

The staff is kind & helpful and my teacher was so knowledgable about boat building. It was one of the highlights of my LIFE!

TI Thorn, Student

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