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.
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President Thomas Jefferson founded Coast Survey in 1807 and tasked it with creating charts of the nation's coastal waters so America's young shipping industry could thrive. Reflecting Coast Survey's beginnings, the Historical Map & Chart Collection contains over 35,000 images — charts, maps, sketches, and more — that are available free to the public.
Last updated: 06/25/18
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