The Minnesota Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan is an effort to enhance the role of Minnesota ports and waterways in global, national, statewide, regional, and local transportation needs.
The ports and waterway systems in Minnesota are significant transportation assets. The navigable lakes, rivers, commercial ports, and terminals support regional and international trade by providing a safe, efficient, and cost-effective transportation option for shippers. Along with ground transportation and air options, the existing ports and waterways system provides a robust and truly multimodal freight network, and gives shippers another competitive option for moving their products.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation created this Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan, the first of its kind, in an effort to help achieve the goals set forth in the Minnesota GO 50-Year Statewide Vision and the objectives of the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan. As the marine component of the freight system in Minnesota, the state’s ports and waterways are an important and necessary mode of transportation, requiring careful and deliberate planning and maintenance so they remain a useful asset to the state. As a member of MnDOT’s “Family of Plans,” the Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan is both influenced by and helps to realize the agency’s broader goals and objectives.