Upper Mississippi River International Port District

This port is located in the far northwestern corner of Illinois and encompasses three counties: Jo, Daviess, and Carroll. It was designed to lead redevelopment efforts in the region by becoming a crossroads shipping destination because of its location on the Mississippi River and the BNSF railroad mainline linking Chicago with points north and west.

Back in 1996 there appeared to be a need for an international port district. An attorney from Galena, Illinois recognized the potential for growth centered around the area’s access to rail, barge and railroad transportation. And thus, the Upper Mississippi River International Port District was born.

This port district offers incentives to companies such as assistance in financing, state and federal grants, and bonding authority while also creating development opportunities in all of Jo Daviess and Carroll counties.

For more information about the Upper Mississippi River International Port District, you may click here.


Jim Francis
(815) 275-3567
P.O. Box 57
Scales Mound, Illinois 61075

Illinois Ports Association

Illinois leads the nation in production of soybeans, an important protein source for animals and humans around the world. ISA believes that by working together, we can solve our greatest challenges and positively impact our future. As an organization committed to leading collaborative efforts that bring innovative solutions, this website and the aerial drone footage was made possible from a grant by the Illinois Soybean Association.

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