The NOAA Nautical Charts online within this site are produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.
NOAA’s history begins in 1807, when the Nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has evolved dramatically to become a powerhouse as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters.
NOAA Nautical Charts cover the coastal waters of the U.S. and those of its outlying territories.
NOAA also produces several nautical publications. For instance, the United States Coast Pilot® is a series of nautical books with a broad range of important information for navigators to supplement the nautical chart.
Since President Thomas Jefferson asked for a survey of the coast in 1807, Coast Survey has been the nation’s trusted source for nautical charts covering the coastal waters of the U.S. and its territories.
The traditional paper chart is NOAA’s signature product, trusted by mariners over the centuries as they navigate the Great Lakes and the coastal waters of the U.S. and its territories. (Traditional charts meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements in U.S. waters.)
How to Find NOAA Nautical Charts Online
A full range of NOAA Nautical Charts are available for purchase online or from our store in San Diego. Click the image above to browse chart outlines on a map. Zoom in on the map to view more detailed charts. Click any outline to see the chart.
Coast Survey provides regular correction notices to its paper charts, which are printed by the Federal Aviation Administration and can be found within the chart descriptions in our on-line catalog
The edition number and date (month and year of printing) are in the lower left corner of the chart. The dates of the latest Notice to Mariners and Local Notice to Mariners corrections are also listed.
The chart date is important to the navigator. When charted information becomes obsolete, further use of the chart for navigation may be dangerous. Natural and man-made changes, many of them critical, occur constantly. Navigators should correct their copies at regular intervals with changes published in the Notices to Mariners to ensure their safetly.
Ensuring that the maritime commerce system is able to operate requires detailed, accurate and up-to-date maps and charts of U.S. waterways.
In mapping NOAA nautical charts, NOAA hydrographic survey ships scan the seafloor to pinpoint navigational hazards and obstructions while also acquiring water depth data.