The four ports in North Louisiana offer multimodal access for companies in North Louisiana. The region's ports are connected to a deep water ports in South Louisiana through the Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway.

North Louisiana Ports Provide Transportation & Cost Advantages

Louisiana sits at the crossroads for the Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. The state's interconnected system of deepwater and inland, shallow draft ports work together to move 97 percent of the U.S. tonnage.

The shallow draft ports function as industrial parks, offering businesses intermodal transportation options. Our interconnected port system provides a real cost advantage, because water transportation is a third of the cost of rail and a fifth of the cost of motor freight. 

North Louisiana Ports Can Access the World

North Louisiana's four ports can access deep water ports in South Louisiana within 4-6 days. Cargo arriving at our inland ports can reach 41.3 million consumers in some of America’s biggest markets by within a day through motor freight service.

The Caddo-Bossier Port, the Red River Port, the Natchitoches Port and the Ouachita Terminals, Inc. are connected to deep water ports in South Louisiana, including the Port of South Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA and the Port of New Orleans (two of the busiest ports in the nation) through tributaries that flow into the Mississippi River. Additionally, the Caddo-Bossier Port, the Red River Port and the Natchitoches Port can reach the Port of Houston through the Atchafalaya River and Intracoastal Waterway within 6 to 7 days. 

The Port of Caddo-Bossier

Ouachita Terminals, Inc.

Natchitoches Parish Port

Red River Parish Port




  • 2,000 acre multimodal complex, located on the Red River
  • Convenient access to I-49, I-20 and the future I-69
  • Port of Entry for foreign trade with U.S. Customs, Free Trade Zone, and Enterprise Zone
  • Development ready greenfield sites
  • 600’ general cargo with cranes, roll on/roll off ramp
  • 90,000 SF of Warehouse, 100,000 SF in progress
  • Comprehensive rail network and two locomotive switch engines with rail links to UP, KCS, Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • 9ft. depth and 200 ft. width channel maintained by the Army Corp of Engineers
  • Primary cargo: liquid products, aggregate, coil steel, plate steel, fertilizer, ship modules, containers, scrap steel, steel beams, coal, tire chips, and logs
  • Contact: Caddo-Bossier Port Commission (318)524-2272
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  • Located at river milepost 164 on the west bank of the Ouachita River on southern edge of West Monroe, LA
  • Container storage available
  • Kansas City Southern rail spur, dock, crane
  • Multimodal port with access to I-20, US 165, U.S. 80, and KCS Railroad
  • Handled 1.13 million tons of cargo in 2008
  • Primary cargo: (Inbound) furniture, baby supplies, fuel (Outbound) paper, cotton, steel
  • Contact: Greater Ouachita Parish Port Commission (318)998-1271
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  • 307 acre facility multimodal facility with river, rail and highway transportation options
  • Only slack water port on the Red River
  • Convenient access to LA Hwy 6 and I-49
  • Rail spur to the Kansas City Southern Railroad
  • 320’ general cargo dock
  • 12,000 sq. ft. concrete river dock and loading facility
  • 62,000 sq. ft. transit shed
  • Averages over 100,000 tons of bulk cargo annually
  • 9 ft. draft main channel depth
  • Primary cargoes—aggregate, forest products
  • Handled approximately 132,781 tons of cargo in 2007
  • Contact: The Natchitoches Port Commission, (318) 356-9686
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  • 50-acre port site, located at Hanna on the west side of the Red River
  • General cargo dock
  • Adjacent to La. Hwy 1 and Union Pacific Railroad, and near I-49
  • Developing an infrastructure to include an access road, mooring dolphins and a bulk load-out facility
  • Future work will add a dock facility, 100-ton crane, concrete storage area, truck scales and other ancillary improvements
  • Handled approximately 28,671 tons of bulk commodities in 2007
  • 9 ft. draft main channel depth
  • Primary cargoes (Inbound) aggregate, agricultural lime and (Outbound) fly ash
  • Contact: The Natchitoches Port Commission, (318) 356-9686
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