Get NOAA nautical charts and publications online at Nautical Charts & Publications.
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.
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 and Display Information Systems (ECDIS).
BookletCharts™ are free, print-at-home products to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water. Small-scale 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.