Frequently Asked Questions

What's included in the price?

On All charters

Included on all charters:

  • Disposable plates, bowls, cups, silverware, napkins
  • Cooler space and ice
  • Bottled water 
  • Standard life jackets (fitted jackets for children included, sizes confirmed at time of reservation)

On fishing charters

  • Rods, lures and bait

on swimming charters

  • 12-foot foam raft
  • Swim noodles 
  • Inflatable individual ring rafts
  • Upon request: Swimming/tubing-friendly life jackets (sizes will be confirmed at time of reservation)

on Tubing charters

  • Inflatable tube (fits 2-3)
  • Swimming/tubing-friendly life jackets (sizes will be confirmed at time of reservation)

What should I wear and bring with me?

Attire + In Your Bag

  • Sandals or soft-soled shoes
  • Bathing suit and coverup
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel


Feel free to pack your own snacks and drinks for your day on the water. Guests who are of legal drinking age (21) are permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Glass bottles not permitted.

license and take-home cooler (Fishing charters)

To book a fishing charter, everyone will need a valid Ohio Fishing License. One-day ($14) or annual licenses ($25) can can be purchased online at the ODNR Division of WildlifeYou will also need to bring your own take-home cooler for any fish you catch. 

sea sickness prevention

If you’re worried about becoming sea sick, consult with your physician prior to your reservation to so that you can enjoy your time on the water.

Payments, Refunds and Cancellations


To book your reservation, we will process a 50% deposit upfront, over the phone. Credit and debit cards accepted. The remaining balance will be processed on the day before your cruise.

Cancellations + Refunds

  • Rescheduling by guest 7 days prior to charter will result in a 15% upcharge.
  • Cancellation 7 or more days in advance: 100% refund (less credit card processing fee).
  • Cancellation within 7 days of the cruise date and no reschedule: forfeiture of deposit.
  • Cancellation on the day of the cruise: forfeiture of the full booking amount.

Weather-Related Cancellations

Weather and water condition cancellations are a day-of decision by our captains. If our captain cancels the charter, you will receive a full refund of the full booking amount (less the credit card processing fee). 


Smoking and Vaping

Please, no smoking or vaping on board any of our boats. 


Our boats are chartered by US Coast Guard Licensed Captains. We will review basic boater safety with you and your guests before we get on the water. We will supply every guest with a fitted life jacket, even your little ones. Waivers will be required regardless of activities.

Contact us with Additional Questions

Contact us for additional questions, support for existing reservations, and any cancellation/rebooking requests.
Phone: 216.315.5914.

Ready to get on the water?

Great Lakes Boat Charters is a Cleveland-based, family-owned private boat charter company offering fun and unique destinations and activities for up to 6 passengers on Lake Erie. Renting a boat with a captain provides you the opportunity to relax and removes the hassle of a boating license, driving experience, anchoring or docking. Book your cruise today!

Cleveland, Ohio