Western Great Lakes Pilots Association


With the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959 to Ocean Ships the era of pilotage began on the Great Lakes >>

about us

Western Great Lakes Pilots Association provides pilotage in the area known as District 3. District 3 is comprised of the three largest of the five Great Lakes >>


The Great Lakes are the largest system of fresh water on earth containing approximately 18% of the world's fresh water supply. Only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water. The Lakes contain about 5500 cubic miles of water, covering a surface area of 94,000 square miles >>

what is a pilot?

Most people know what an airline pilot is, but very few know about ships pilots. Ships pilots date back to the early days of sailing in the Mediterranean Sea — to the Phoenicians >>