A Proud Heritage for 150 Years!
The Milwaukee Yacht Club celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2021 and is the oldest premier yacht club on Lake Michigan. Located in the scenic heart of McKinley Marina, our Club welcomes passionate boaters and anyone who simply loves the lakeshore lifestyle. We are a year-round destination offering sailing, boating, dining and events. MYC is the perfect site for private parties, weddings and business meetings. Or, make it your special place to kick back and relax.
Amenities include our heated pool and spa, outdoor Skylark Bar with lakeside patio, complimentary kayaks and paddle boards and gourmet dining in the main clubhouse overlooking the North anchorage of Milwaukee Harbor. We honor worldwide reciprocity through Yacht Clubs of America and also have a unique shared reciprocity agreement with The University Club of Milwaukee, as well as other respected country and city clubs. Most of all, we're a close-knit community where you will make friends for life.
History of Resilience
The Milwaukee Yacht Club was founded in 1871 on the shores of Lake Michigan, north of the Milwaukee River and east of the channel.
MYC’s first permanent clubhouse, a stately two-story wood-frame structure, was built on pilings near the channel in 1896. With only a partial sea wall north of the site and east from McKinley Beach, there was little protection for boats, and boaters had to be a hardy and self-reliant lot.
It was not until the 1920's and 1930's that the expansive outer breakwater protecting all of Milwaukee Bay was built under the leadership of William George Bruce, a founder of the Milwaukee Yacht Club and chairman of the Milwaukee Harbor Commission. Later additions to the breakwater in the 1960's completed the protection for the club and the boat slips in Milwaukee County's McKinley Marina. Throughout this period, the Milwaukee Yacht Club continued to thrive in the face of challenges.
Tested by Fire
The original clubhouse was destroyed by fire in 1943 in the depths of World War II. In 1945, a small building was constructed on the North end of the Club's grounds and served as the Club’s temporary clubhouse.
The current Clubhouse was built in 1967 -- a two-and-one-half story, 9,500-square-foot brick building. The top level is comprised of the main dining room, a small east-facing banquet room, a conference room known as the Library, a large bar with seating and wine lockers, and a lounge with a fireplace. This level features large windows providing panoramic views of Lake Michigan and Milwaukee’s skyline. The entry level contains an office and restrooms. The lower level contains offices and restrooms with showers. The former temporary clubhouse now serves as the Boathouse and houses the Dockmaster’s office, a classroom for the sailing school, event space, plus restrooms with showers and lockers.
Securing the Future
The Club makes improvements annually, including a two-year, $1.8 million project which added an in-ground heated pool and spa and expanded the Clubhouse. A number of capital improvement projects are projected for the next several years.
The Milwaukee Yacht Club has provided access to Lake Michigan to thousands of boaters throughout its first 150 years. The Board of Directors, members and staff are honored to carry the Club’s legacy into the future.