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Transportation Benefits to the Region

Port Milwaukee is southeastern Wisconsin's transportation and distribution center of vital quality of life products and is a major contributor to the long-term economic stability and growth of the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.

  • Port Milwaukee is serviced by two major railroads (Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific)
  • NO limitation to any size vessel that can service the Great Lakes/ St. Lawrence System, either lake or foreign vessels.
  • Lifting capacity over 187 tons direct from vessel to rail, truck or barge.
  • Direct interstate highway access.
  • Inland river barges – access to the Mississippi and other inland rivers.
  • Milwaukee area tourism has increased as a result of the 2004 opening of the Lake Express passenger/auto ferry terminal (over 100,000 passengers yearly).
  • These commodities handled at the Port directly impact the long-term economic success and growth of the State of Wisconsin on a yearly basis:
  • Roughly 1.4 million tons of salt each year - keeping streets, highways and sidewalks safe; serving the most traveled roads, and approximately 60-70% of the State's populated area. 
  • Approximately 500,000 tons of cement and cement products used in all areas of construction in SE Wisconsin.
  • Nearly 600,000 tons of coal is delivered by barge to three of the State's power plants. 
  • 50,000+ tons of specialty products are distributed to WI based fabricators and manufacturers.  
  • The capability to handle large cargo such as Caterpillar Mining and P&H mining shovels allows these and other large manufacturers to be competitive around the world while keeping jobs here in Wisconsin.   


Port Administration Building
2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Phone (414) 286-3511

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact Port Staff