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Red River Parish Port

Red River Parish Port is located on 50 acres at mile mark 173.3, pool 4. It is under the authority of the Red River Parish Port Commission that was created in 1975. The port is designed to provide and regulate water traffic in the area. It has a total annual tonnage of approximately 51,116 tons. The main channel depth is a 9-foot draft.

There is a general cargo deck that is 9,000 square feet in size. Additionally, there is a storage area of 30,000 square feet. A bulk cargo material handler is on the site. Some of the main products that are transported through the port include fly ash, agricultural lime, fertilizer, creosote, chemicals and coiled steel. The port offers easy highway access. It is just a half-mile from LA Highway 1, with U.S. Highways 84 and 71 and Interstate 49 located very nearby.

Red River Waterway

The waterway allows for increased industries and tourism in the area. It was first discovered by explorer Desoto while traveling the Mississippi River. This led to the discovery of Louisiana. The river was used for early shipments of cotton and other products, and the Confederate Army utilized it to get goods to the troops during war. Steamboats were often used for travel from northern areas of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

The waterway is a tributary of the Atchafalaya River which flows into the Gulf of Mexico separately from the Mississippi River but is connected. It is the second largest basin in the southern Great Plains region. The total length is 1,360 miles. In addition to being a viable transportation method for commercial barges, it is also used extensively for fishing and recreational boating. The areas along the shores are havens for hikers, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

There are other ports along the waterway that include Shreveport-Bossier, Natchitoches, Alexandria and Avoyelles Parish. They provide a network of docks, industrial parks and other facilities that are necessary to promote commercial access and transport on the waterway. A number of locks and dams are located along the route. A major improvement project over the last ten years helped to eliminate flooding and allowed for year-round travel throughout.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates the locks and dams systems. They are also working to stabilize the banks in areas where that is necessary. They are responsible for making travel safe along the route by establishing buoys and markers for navigational purposes. The minimum channel depth is 9 feet with a minimum width of 200 feet to allow for commercial traffic.

Although the river is kept as safe as possible, accidents do occur. When they do, they could result in serious injuries or fatalities to workers. Maritime workers are protected by the Jones Act and are generally able to take legal action against a negligent employer. If you were hurt in a barge or other maritime accident we are available to assist you. Contact us by filling out the online form to discuss your case today.

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