Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Navigable Minnesota Waterway Activity


A barge.

The product value of waterways in 2013 was:

  • Lake Superior: $ 7,193,612,227
  • Mississippi River: $1,984,263,678.
Freight Tonnage Moved (in net tons)
Lake Ports Inbound Outbound Total in 2013 Total in 2012
Duluth-Superior 4,514,980 32,186,037 36,701,017 36,673,052
Two Harbors 0 16,791,032 16,791,032 16,547,843
Silver Bay 358,018 4,101,199 4,459,217 7,142,154
Taconite Harbor 480,383 0 480,383 657,700
TOTAL LAKES 5,353,381 53,078,268 58,431,649 61,020,749
Lake Taconite 0 37,229,032 37,229,032 40,833,623
Lake Coal 1,259,560 15,729,450 15,729,450 15,482,859
Lake Grain 70,884 1,249,113 1,319,997 1,065,348
River Ports Inbound Outbound Total in 2013 Total in 2012
Minneapolis 510,243 205,356 715,599 671,691
St. Paul and Below 3,397,872 1,875,429 5,273,301 5,551,737
Savage 728,792 677,155 1,405,947 1,921,603
TOTAL TWIN CITIES 4,636,907 2,757,940 7,394,847 8,145,031
Red Wing 93,623 439,268 532,891 836,497
Winona 591,331 667,452 1,258,783 1,697,955
TOTAL RIVER 5,321,861 3,864,660 9,186,521 10,679,483
River Grain 0 2,171,929 2,171,927 4,437,566
TOTAL LAKES AND RIVERS 10,675,242 56,942,928 67,618,170 71,700,232

•Annual tonnages will vary due to conditions, rates and demand.

Major Commodities (in net tons)
Northbound on the River 2013 2012 Southbound on the River
2013
2012
Aggregate 1,737,414 1,919,564 Grain 2,171,927 4,437,566
Fertilizer 1,754,265 1,451,990 Scrap Iron 352,381 342,798
Salt 681,891 508,702 Asphalt 54,152 87,102
Cement 762,547 764,453 Potash 315,546 295,577
Slag 125,762 157,766 Pet. Coke 483,148 248,972
Caustic Soda 92,540 92,198 Frac Sand 232,024 68,543
Steel 20,330 46,523 Petroleum 118,137 94,284
Coal 41,180 35,300 DDGS 108,771 53,537

•Annual tonnages will vary due to conditions, rates and demand.