Resources for Mariners

A green buoy floats in the Potomac River.
Below are links to websites dedicated to boating safety. Sites maintained by non-profit organizations as well as the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary offer a wealth of safety knowledge to any concerned boater!

    Several of these links are unique to the Potomac River. Please also note the state specific links for rules governing boating on DC, Maryland and Virginia waters. Boaters should make an effort to become familiar with the boating rules of each of these jurisdictions.




Data from Upper Potomac Weather Buoy (available only during boating season)

Chart 12289 (Potomac River Mattawoman Creek to Georgetown; Washington Harbor)
Chart 12288 (Potomac River Lower Cedar Point to Mattawoman Creek)
Chart 12285 (Small Craft Chart for Potomac River)
Chart No. 1 (Complete reference to charting symbols)
Coast Pilot Volume 3 (Atlantic coast from Sandy Hook, NJ to Cape Henry, VA, including Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay)
Light List Volume 2 (Lists aids to navigation for the Middle Atlantic Region)
Local Notice to Mariners, 5th District USCG (Updates to nautical charts and light lists)