Wisconsin is economically blessed with waterways forming three of its borders along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. The purpose of the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association (WCPA) is to promote and grow waterborne transportation in Wisconsin's 14 port cities. The WCPA wants to increase public awareness of our Port industry and be the main resource for port or waterborne transportation related issues in Wisconsin.
Moving goods by water in Wisconsin is a tradition that began in the late 1650s when the settlers arrived at Lake Superior's Chequamogon Bay. French explorers and fur traders quickly recognized the state waterways' vast potential. Today, water transportation continues to serve as the most efficient method for moving bulk commodities -- and plays a vital role in the transport of heavy machinery, steel, bagged and canned cargo, wind energy components and other goods. This website highlights the important role and function of Wisconsin's port facilities and will help potential shippers better understand the unique capabilities and advantages of water transportation.
"While Wisconsin's waterways and harbors are deeply rooted in our state's history, they continue to play an important role in the state's economic future." - 2010 WDOT Report