An Island Treasure
The NCYC has a long tradition
of treating our Club facilities like the treasure they have become.
When our forerunner’s acquired
the Island back in 1968, the Clubhouse, formerly a resort hotel dating back to
1869, was nothing but a shell and the Island
itself had largely eroded away.
In the forty-plus years
since, the membership has consistently invested in capital improvements to make
our Club, grounds and docks a bit grander every year.
We can do this because we are
member-run and make many of the improvements ourselves. Our relatively modest operating costs leave
us with the ability to direct many of our resources to long-term improvements
rather than short-term operations.
Our First Mates aggressively
raise funds through an on-Island Boatique and several other activities, much of
which they donate to annual capital- improvement projects for the Club.
Today, our Clubhouse, a
registered historical site, boasts city water, fresh paint, a modern commercial
kitchen, renovated showers and bathrooms and a modern kid’s room with satellite
television, video games and a video arcade.
We have a beautiful
full-service bar with a stone fireplace and big-screen TV as well as a dining
room with a dance floor and portable stage.
And, there are rooms
available for our non-boating members and friends.
On the grounds…
Over the past year, our East Harbor
sea wall has been rebuilt and our Boatique (store) was moved from a small room
on the second floor of the Club to a free-standing building near our shuttle
docks where the foot traffic is much better.
Our 80-plus deep water slips
have modern electrical hook-ups, fresh water access and sturdy, well-maintained
docks. Most slips can handle boats from
15 to 50 feet, some up to a hundred feet.
There are 10 transient slips for guests.
A member-built wooden walkway now surrounds
the Island perimeter overlooking
well-maintained grounds with flower beds, picnic tables and gas grills.
There is a children’s
playground on the Island as well as an
old-fashioned, swimming hole.
Just off the Island
The Club boasts a mainland
parking lot for members and guests who come by car and a continuous shuttle
service to and from the Island via
“Finrunner.” There are even slips
available near the mainland shuttle docks that members can rent seasonally for
their smaller boats.
is a fabulous jumping off spot for some serious exploring, especially by
smaller watercraft. The area, commonly
known as the “Venice of Michigan,” is renowned for it miles of canals, streams
That doesn’t mean we are
The list below summarizes the
availability of important boater amenities, both on the Island
Transient Slips: Yes
Launch Ramp: Nearby