Water Transportation

Residents of the area have the unique privilege of being located next to one of the most important and well-known rivers in North America. The Missouri River, on Nebraska’s eastern border (approximately 60 miles away from Norfolk), provides a water link to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The “Muddy MO” flows from its source, at the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers in Montana, to the Mississippi River, at St. Louis for a total length of 2,341 miles. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River near St. Louis. The river is navigable approximately eight months of the year. It is free flowing with no locks or dams.

The namesake of the area, the Elkhorn River, originates in the lush hay meadow land in the north-central counties of Holt and Rock and ends near Gretna at the confluence with the Platte River. Flows vary considerably along its entire length depending on snow melt, rainfall and irrigation demand. Normally, the greatest flow occurs from March through early June. However, there is often enough water fro canoeing in September and October. The Elkhorn River is primarily used for recreation and not for goods transport as the low water levels can’t support barge or other river traffic.

Missouri River transport contacts:

Big Soo Terminal
Dry Bulk and Liquid
4101 Harbor Drive
Sioux City, IA 51111
(712) 258-0537 | Phone
(712) 258-4649 | Fax
terminalinfo@bigsoo.com | Email