What is the Great Loop?
The Great Loop is a collection of interconnecting waterways around the eastern portion of North America. Recreational boaters cruise the Great Loop for adventure.
What waterways does the Great Loop include?
The Great Loop includes the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, the Canadian Canals, and the Inland Rivers of America's heartland. The cruiser can start the loop at any point on these waterways.
The Typical Route round the Great Loop
How long is the Great Loop?
The Loop may range from 5,000 to 7,500 miles depending on route variations and side trips. It is typically navigated counter-clockwise to take advantage of river currents. A complete circuit of the Loop may take a season or years depending on the cruisers schedule and the length of port stays.
What boat is best for the Loop?
The smallest boat that can be lived on comfortably for the extent of the cruise. This will vary depending on personal needs.
- Great Loop Cruisers Association
- Wikipedia Article on the Great Loop
- Great Loop Navigation Notes
- The Illinois River
- The Mississippi River
- The Ohio River
- The Tennessee River
- The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
- The Tombigbee River
- Gulf of Mexico
- Lake Okeechobee
- Intracoastal Waterway
- Atlantic Ocean
- Great Dismal Swamp NWR