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Port of Milwaukee

The Port of Milwaukee is a port in the city of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. It primarily serves Southeastern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northern Illinois. The port owns 13.5 miles (21.7 km) of rail that connect to two Class I railroads outside the port. The port has over 330,000 square feet (31,000 m2) of covered warehouse space, with 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of that being heated warehouse space. The port has 50 acres dedicated to dry bulk storage, which includes four domes capable of handling 50,000 tons of storage. Along with this, the port can store 300,000 barrels of bulk liquids. The port keeps a minimum draft of 26 feet (7.9 m), but this can vary due to weather.[5]

Port of Milwaukee
Bulk carrier Alpena - IMO 5206362 - Milwaukee, WI, USA - 14 Aug. 2011 - (1).jpg
Bulk carrier Alpena with tugboats, 2011
CountryUnited States
LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates43°00′10″N 87°53′28″W / 43.00278°N 87.89111°W / 43.00278; -87.89111Coordinates: 43°00′10″N 87°53′28″W / 43.00278°N 87.89111°W / 43.00278; -87.89111
Owned byCity of Milwaukee
Size467 acres[2]
Available berths16[3]
Foreign Trade ZoneNo. 41[4]
Class 1 Railroad AccessUnion Pacific Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway
Annual cargo tonnage2,618,312 metric tons (2013)[2]
Annual revenue$4.37 million (2013)[2]
Net income$1.43 million (2013)[2]

Port of Milwaukee handled 2.4 million metric tons of cargo through its municipal port in 2014.[6] Commodities handled include salt, steel, limestone, general cargoes, over-dimensional cargoes, grain, fertilizers, biodiesel, and ethanol.[7]

A wind turbine, funded by a federal grant, was installed in 2012 and is used to power the port's administration building, with the turbine providing electricity for the building itself as well as revenue from surplus generation.[8]

The port is also home to the Lake Express ferry, which offers service from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan. It is also home to Sector Lake Michigan of the United States Coast Guard.

Additionally, the port is landlord to the lakefront recreational facilities including Milwaukee World Festivals, Inc., Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, and the south lawn of the Milwaukee Art Museum.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "History".
  2. ^ a b c d
  3. ^ "Information about the Port of Milwaukee".
  4. ^ "General Information".
  5. ^ "Port of Milwaukee".
  6. ^ "Port of Milwaukee: 2014 Annual Report". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Thomas Content. "Port of Milwaukee saves on utility bills from wind turbine".