The availability of low cost river transportation has a beneficial impact on the economic development of northwest Arkansas. The predominant cargo is steel, including coiled plate, coiled wire rod, and bars.
Five Rivers Distribution
P. O. Box 190, Fort Smith, AR 72902
The Port of Little Rock encompasses 2,640 acres of industrial property and has two barge docking facilities, one on a slack water harbor and the other on the main navigation channel. The Port owns and maintains its own railroad that handles over 10,000 cars/year. The port supports over 50 industrial firms that employ over 3,500 people. The Little Rock area is served by five interstate highways: I-40 and I-30 are major commercial routes serving both coasts, and I-430 and I-630 are loops that link the major routes. I-440 directly connects the two main interstates and serves the airport and the Little Rock Port Authority.
Bryan Day, Director
10600 Industrial Harbor Drive
Little Rock, 72206
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County
The oldest public port on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, the Port of Pine Bluff's 372-acre Harbor Industrial District is located on a natural slackwater harbor. Seven industries are located in the district, in addition to a Corps of Engineers marine terminal and a U.S. Coast Guard station. A 20-acre public terminal, owned by The Port Authority and operated by Watco Transloading, LLC, offers barge transloading, warehousing, and bulk storage. Rail service is provided by Union Pacific, with reciprocal switching by BNSF.
Lou Ann Nisbett, Executive Director
P.O. Box 5069, Pine Bluff, AR 71611
Arkansas River Terminals
Dardanelle - Bruce Oakley
Dumas/Pendleton - Bruce Oakley | Riceland
Linwood - Bunge
Morrilton - Bruce Oakley
North Little Rock - Bruce Oakley
Pine Bluff - Bunge | Gavilon | Watco - PDF
Van Buren - Fort Smith | Consolidated Grain Barge