A Port for All Ages

An important economic benefit of the Port of Milwaukee is the fact that it is the northern most transit point on Lake Michigan for inland river barges that travel to and from the Mississippi River system. This allows river barges to traverse between Milwaukee and the Gulf of Mexico, carrying steel, manufactured products, scrap metal, asphalt, and agricultural products. The Port of Milwaukee is also a conduit into the heartland of the United States (U.S.) via the access it has to the U.S. interstate highway system and the Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. This connectivity and geographic location provide unique advantages that make the Port of Milwaukee an attractive destination for inbound vessel cargo as well as a port of origin for export. International vessels also carry a variety of cargo, bringing in heavy equipment and steel for the region’s manufacturing base and agricultural products like barley for the brewing industry. These foreign vessels then load export products such as mining equipment and agricultural products like grain, wheat, and soybeans. Many vessels come to the Port of Milwaukee annually by sailing through the St. Lawrence Seaway System, “climbing” almost 600 feet from the Atlantic Ocean through a series of locks the governments of Canada and the U.S. jointly manage. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreaking operations are pivotal in keeping the shipping lanes open at the beginning of the navigation season.


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  • Accession Number: 01608257
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2016 10:58AM