How do I get NOAA nautical charts?

Head to the NOAA Coast Survey website for the latest charting products.

Chart of Intracoastal Waterway Laguna Madre Middle Ground to Chubby Island
Get NOAA nautical charts and publications online at the map-based chart locator.

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey is the nation’s chartmaker, with over a thousand charts covering 95,000 miles of shoreline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of waters within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Here’s a quick overview of the nautical charts that NOAA produces.

  • Traditional paper charts are what mariners have long used to navigate U.S. coastal waters, including the Great Lakes and U.S. territories. Purchase these full-color, large-format charts from commercial chart sellers.
  • Print-on-Demand (POD) nautical charts are timely versions of traditional paper charts. NOAA POD charts are available from NOAA's commercial partners, OceanGrafix and East View Geospatial.
  • NOAA PDF nautical charts are digital formats of the traditional paper charts, and are up-to-date to the day they are downloaded. PDF charts are free.
  • NOAA Raster Navigational Charts (NOAA RNC®) are digital images of NOAA's entire suite of paper charts, updated continually with critical corrections. They can be used in many electronic charting systems and offer advanced functionalities such as real-time positioning. Available for free download in BSB format.
  • NOAA Electronic Navigational Charts (NOAA ENCs®) are NOAA's most powerful electronic charting product. These layered vector charts, available for free download, can be used in Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).
  • BookletCharts are free, print-at-home products to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water. BookletCharts, in letter-sized format, contain all of the information on full-scale nautical charts.
  • Historical Maps & Charts Collection contains over 35,000 images, including some of the nation’s earliest nautical charts.
  • United States Coast Pilot® is nine volumes of supplemental information important to navigation. PDFs are updated regularly and are free for download.
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NOAA will cease lithographic printing of nautical charts in 2014, but you'll still be able to get paper charts! NOAA is working with private companies to make print charts better: printed in brighter colors and available for fast delivery to your door. Most, importantly, these 'print on demand' charts are up-to-date to the moment you place your order. Learn more