Navigable Waterways & Ports

Caddo-Bossier Port

Approximately 46 miles away from Minden; 50 minutes.

The 2,300 acre Port of Shreveport-Bossier is located at the head of navigation on the Red River Waterway in Northwest Louisiana, about four miles south of the City of Shreveport. An inland multimodal transportation and distribution center, the Port links customers throughout the Ark-La-Tex region to domestic and international markets via the Mississippi River, the nation’s largest river system, and the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

Channel Depth 9’ 55 miles

General Cargo Dock: Port-owned & operated; Cargo: bulk and breakbulk; Berths: 2; Length: 600 ft.; Rail service.

Special Facilities/Capabilities; 30 & 50-Ton Cantilever Bridge cranes: Roll-on/roll off ramp: Certified truck/rail scales: 30,000 & 60,000 sq. ft. transit warehouse, Coal Pad and 4+ acre open storage.

Slack Water Harbor – 3,200 ft., 400 ft. concrete dock 2/200 Ton cantilever crane, 12 ft. draft

Liquid Terminals # 1 – Port-owned; Operator: Genesis Energy; Cargo: Liquid Petroleum; Berths: 2; Length: 430 ft.; Depth 9 ft.; Rail Service; 400,000 barrel storage capacity.

Liquid Terminal # 2 – Port-owned; Operator: Genesis Energy; Cargo: Liquid Petrochemicals; Berths: 2; Length: 430 ft.; Depth: 9 ft.; Rail Service. Facilities: 132,000 barrel storage capacity.


Port of Lake Charles

Approximately 193 miles away from Minden; 4 hours.

The public facilities at the Port of Lake Charles handle five million tons of cargo each year. The Port of Lake Charles has two marine terminals, the city docks, Bulk Terminal No. 1, and two industrial parks. The 12.2-meter (40-foot) deep Ship Channel meets the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway 19 kilometers (12 mile) south of the Port of Lake Charles City Docks.

Principal cargoes moving through the Port’s terminals are bagged rice, flour and other food products; forest products; aluminum, petroleum coke and other petroleum products; wood chips; barite; and rutile.

The Port’s City Docks facility is located 34 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and is connected to the Gulf by the 12 meter (40 foot) deep Calcasieu Ship Channel.

City Docks is a 200-acre facility that contains the general cargo facilities, the new IFG grain elevator, an automated terminal and a vegetable-oil packaging plant.

General cargo facilities include 12 deep water berths that can accommodate up to 12 vessels simultaneously, with more than 1.8 million square feet of covered storage space.

Berths 1-10 have a project depth of 35 feet, berths 15 and 15B have a 40-foot project depth. Recently refurbished open berth No. 8 can accommodate shipments of steel, logs, machinery, project cargo and heavy equipment.

The height of the docks at MLW is 14 feet.

All warehouses are serviced by rail.

City Docks is located in the Port’s Foreign Trade Zone 87.