Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Ports and Waterways

Navigable Minnesota waterway activity

 

Lake and River Port Tonnage (in net tons)

 

Lake Port Tonnage Moved

Lake Ports Inbound 2018 Outbound 2018 Total in 2018 Total in 2017
Duluth-Superior 4,048,945 31,867,845 35,916,790 35,251,773
Two Harbors 0 16,839,494 16,839,494 17,898,849
Silver Bay 0 6,415,696 6,415,696 5,974,645
Total 4,048,945 55,123,035 59,171,980 59,125,267

 

River Port Tonnage Moved

River Ports Inbound 2018 Outbound 2018 Total in 2018 Total in 2017
Twin Cities 4,235,913 3,350,658 7,586,571 8,203,679
Savage 777,559 2,682,121 3,459,680 3,331,936
Red Wing 136,892 872,055 1,008,947 1,019,341
Winona 689,954 1,579,409 2,269,364 2,416,502
Total 5,840,319 8,484,243 14,324,562 14,971,458

 

Total Lake and River Port Tonnage Moved

Lake and River Ports Inbound 2018 Outbound 2018 Total in 2018 Total in 2017
Total in Minnesota 9,889,264 63,607,278 73,496,542 74,096,725

 

Major Commodities Moved (in net tons)

 

Lake Commodities

Commodities
Inbound
Outbound
2018 2017
2018
2017
Taconite 0 0 44,772,455 43,587,647
Coal 176,344 113,966 9,011,578 10,228,532
Grain 0 0 1,239,753 1,004,815
Limestone 3,385,491 3,425,065 0 0

 

Major River Commodities

Commodities
Inbound
Commodities
Outbound
2018 2017
2018
2017
Aggregate 1,168,737 1,116,141 Aggregate 1,156,737 1,066,650
Fertilizer 1,416,438 1,709,712 Grain 6,718,373 7,467,457
Salt 807,728 490,708 Scrap Steel 329,626 387,683
Cement 1,309,558 1,149,988 Potash 262,391 301,044
Steel 57,194 130,807 Sand 15,523 -

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