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Free Digital Nautical Charts

Free NOAA Digital Charts

 Effective April 13, 2014, NOAA will longer offer traditional lithographic paper charts.  NOAA will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including print-on-demand charts and versions for electronic charting systems. Web links for these resources are:

 NOAA printable BookletChart: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/staff/BookletChart.html

 NOAA electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC(r)): http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/enc/

 Raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC(r)): http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/Raster/

(trail basis only) NOAA Print on Demand (POD) charts: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/pod/POD.htm


Since 1862, lithographic nautical charts — available in marine shops and other stores — have been printed by the U.S. government and sold to the public by commercial vendors. The decision to stop production is based on several factors, including a declining demand for lithographic charts, the increasing use of digital and electronic charts and federal budget realities.