Kayak Navigation Charts and Compasses

Navigation in a kayak requires knowledge of charts, using a compass and then applying these skills to what we see in our environment when we are on the water.  There are three tutorials in the link below. The first tutorial covers charts, using the chart to plan a trip, and how to use a compass.  As always, the focus is on safety.


Charts are available from the NOAA Web Site, or chart books can be purchased from local nautical retailers or purchased on line.  The following are links to the NOAA chart pages.  The NOAA site frequently changes, these are the current links.

Charts and Publications Main Page

Raster Charts

Booklet Charts

Chart Updates

Chart 1 Information and Download

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