The availability of low cost river transportation has a beneficial impact on the economic development of northwest Arkansas. The predominant cargo is steel, including coiled plate, coiled wire rod, and bars.
Jeff Dingman, ICMA-CM, Deputy City Administrator
P.O. Box 1908, Fort Smith, AR 72902
Five Rivers Distribution
P. O. Box 190, Fort Smith, AR 72902
The Port of Little Rock encompasses 2,640 acres of industrial property and has two barge docking facilities, one on a slack water harbor and the other on the main navigation channel. The Port owns and maintains its own railroad that handles over 10,000 cars/year. The port supports over 50 industrial firms that employ over 3,500 people. The Little Rock area is served by five interstate highways: I-40 and I-30 are major commercial routes serving both coasts, and I-430 and I-630 are loops that link the major routes. I-440 directly connects the two main interstates and serves the airport and the Little Rock Port Authority.
Bryan Day, Director
10600 Industrial Harbor Drive
Little Rock, 72206
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County
The oldest public port on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, the Port of Pine Bluff's 372-acre Harbor Industrial District is located on a natural slackwater harbor. Seven industries are located in the district, in addition to a Corps of Engineers marine terminal and a U.S. Coast Guard station. A 20-acre public terminal, owned by The Port Authority and operated by Watco Transloading, LLC, offers barge transloading, warehousing, and bulk storage. Rail service is provided by Union Pacific, with reciprocal switching by BNSF.
Lou Ann Nisbett, Executive Director
P.O. Box 5069, Pine Bluff, AR 71611
Arkansas River Terminals
Arkansas City - Bunge
| Arkansas Valley
Dardanelle - Bruce Oakley
Dumas/Pendleton - Bruce Oakley
Linwood - Bunge
Morrilton - Bruce Oakley
North Little Rock - Bruce Oakley
Pine Bluff - Bunge
Van Buren - Fort Smith
| Consolidated Grain Barge
Helena-West Helena-Phillips County
The Phillips County Port Authority has developed a 2.3 mile long slackwater harbor and industrial park complex. The adjoining Helena Harbor Industrial Park has rail service, natural gas, electrical power and water utilities. Approximately 4000 acres of publicly owned, flood protected land are available for industrial development.
P.O. Box 407, Helena, AR 72342
More than 200,000 tons per year of agricultural products are moved through the public port at Osceola. Osceola has a substantial inventory of potential industrial sites. Contiguous sites to approximately 600 acres of 500-year flood protected land are available with rail, highways, and utilities either on-site or within one mile. It has a slackwater harbor, a nearby interstate (I-55), and the Burlington Northern Sante Fe rail line.
P.O. Box 443, Osceola, AR 72370
The West Memphis-Crittenden County Port Authority owns a general purpose river terminal and a special purpose grain terminal. Rail service is available nearby. The Port is within five miles of I-40 and I-55. They are currently in the middle of a three-phase project to improve ease of travel to and from the port.
Contact: Ward Wimbish
P.O. Box 1728, West Memphis, AR 72303
Located directly on the Mississippi, Yellow Bend Port is a slackwater harbor that is easily accessible through a 250 foot wide entrance to a 350 x 810 foot turning basin. Its location on the Mississippi makes it one of the most convenient port locations on the inland waterway system. It is convenient to 1-40 and 1-30 in Little Rock and 1-20 in Tallulah, La. In addition to port facilities, Yellow Bend has large tracts of land zoned for industrial use.
Kenny Gober, Director
870-222-3732, ext. 103
P.O. Drawer 725, McGehee, AR 71654
Mississippi River Terminals
Barfield (Blytheville) – Bunge
Blytheville - Kinder Morgan
Helena - Bunge
Huffman - Bunge
Osceola - Bunge
West Memphis - Bunge
Yellow Bend - Bruce Oakley
The City of Camden Port Authority owns a warehouse and river terminal situated on approximately eight acres near downtown Camden. The river terminal remains available for further development and usage.
The Honorable Marie Trisollini, Mayor
P.O. Box 278, Camden, AR 71701
One objective of the Crossett Port Authority is to help diversify the local economic base for the area, while supporting and strengthening existing paper and wood products industries. The public river terminal is situated on approximately 10 acres and includes a dock and warehouse. Industrial sites are available at Crossett Industrial Park. The sites have rail access and utility service.
1701 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635
Eleven different flags have flown over the Ouachita valley since it discovery almost 500 years ago.