Ports / Mississippi River

Our region is located directly along the Mississippi River. Two river terminals with a nine-foot channel depth offer rail and highway access for products shipped by barge.

The Mississippi River carries an estimated 60% of U.S grain shipments, 22% of oil and gas shipments, and 20% of the nation’s coal. The Mississippi River provides quick access to global markets, including shipping materials to the Gulf of Mexico and to foreign ports with ease.  Terminals are served by Union PacificCanadian Pacific and BNSFrailroads. Capabilities include bulk material handling. Facilities include dry bulk barge dock-ground and covered storage.

Connecting waterways include the Illinois Waterway, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

U.S. Inland Waterway Modernization: A Reconnaissance Study. Prepared for the Iowa Department of Transportation HDR Engineering, Inc. April 2013