What is a NOAA tide table?

NOAA Tide Tables provide daily high and low tide predictions in the U.S.

screenshot from first NOAA tide table publication

This image shows daily tide predictions for Eastport, Maine, for January-February 1867. This page is from the first edition of a national annual tide table publication created in 1866 by the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor of NOAA.

A tide table provides daily high and low tide predictions. NOAA tide tables are available for more than 3,000 locations around the nation. NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services and predecessor agencies have produced tide tables for more than 150 years.

Tide tables are different from tide charts. A tide chart shows water levels on an hourly basis after high tide throughout a bay or an estuary at a particular point in time. Such charts are only available for a few locations around the nation.

To obtain a print copy of NOAA tide tables and tidal current tables, visit NOAA's Tides and Currents website.

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The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all commercial vessels operating in U.S. waters must have copies of the annual tide and tidal current tables for their area.

Last updated: 02/26/21
Author: NOAA
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