The Club was organized in this year by a small group of anxious boaters. Originally known as the "Beer-Caneers" the name was soon changed to Belvidere Boat Club because Belvidere Bay was the geographical location where most of the Club Members moored or met. The first club meetings were held in a house rented from Clarence Gentz who owned Gentz Marina located on Catfish Creek from the Clinton River to Belvidere Bay.
The principle interest of the Club and it's members was fellowship, safe boating and family fun. As a result, the club grew in membership, and on January 13, 1968, Belvidere Boat Club received their Charter from the State of Michigan.
In search of property in the Lake St. Clair flats area, members of the club discovered several, but one in particular stood out as affordable and a prime location on the North Channel across from Fair Haven.
The club purchased this particular property in which eventually canals were dredged, a seawall constructed with docks, and electrical was ran to the island for service to docks and a small garage that was built.
The first flagpole was constructed and raised in this year and is still there to this day.
Members built another building which was basically a shed that held yard tools and had the island rules printed on the outside.
After several years of negotiating, the club purchased the adjoining lot making a complete island. At this same time, the purchase of a cottage clubhouse from Poor Man's Yacht club for the price of $1.00 was agreed upon. The building was moved to the island in May of 1977. Along with more dredging and fill dirt to create a lagoon and more wells and give better than three and a half acres of land for the club to further build upon.
The club members erected a lighthouse, which has been appropriately named "The Belvidere Light". Past Commodore Bob Holmes was instrumental in getting our light house put on the navigational charts which you will find there to this day.
1991 - 1992
With an installation of a septic system, and further enlarging the clubhouse. Also, a new BBC sign constructed in front of the lighthouse. The island was introduced to the beauty of landscaping. The attraction of outside boaters grew the membership to record proportions.
Construction of a two-car garage replaced the shed located in the south portion of the island to provide storage of the Club’s assets.
With the original lighthouse slightly weathering, members decided to erect a first class lighthouse made of stronger materials replacing the old light completely.
A 2,200 sq. ft. deck was added to the club house to further enhance the socializing experience.
The pavilion part of the deck was installed with a canvas enclosure giving the parties and events held there a way to take cover if weather became foul or evenings were cooler.
With the help of a club bond program and savings, the allowed the club to finally purchase the island property and pay off our mortgage with great success.
With a desperate need of a new clubhouse roof we hired a contractor for a complete tear off and installation of a new asphalt roof. We are very proud of this upgrade and it brings a newer modern look.
We have indeed grown into one of the greatest boat clubs on Lake St. Clair, and this year we are very pleased to celebrate our 50th year as an organized boat club.
2016 - 2017
Membership continues to stand at 30-33 dues paying members and we welcome all to visit our island and consider membership and be part of this growing club.