As the premier inland riverport in the Ohio Valley, the Owensboro Riverport is the perfect choice to meet your domestic and international shipping needs for distribution channels in the Midwestern and Southern regions of the United States.

The Owensboro Riverport sits on approximately 340 acres at Ohio River Mile 759 with access to the CSX main rail line.

The Owensboro Riverport is a Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ #29 Site 8). Approximately 181 acres of the port’s 340-acre site is Foreign-Trade Zone activated, allowing customers to utilize the advantages of a foreign trade zone. In addition, the riverport is a U.S. Customs Port of Entry and Homeland Security Facility, with 24/7 on-site security.

The Owensboro Riverport is a designated goods delivery site for both the London Market Exchange (LME) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.


Our mission is to establish the Owensboro Riverport as the premier inland port in the Ohio River Valley by providing a dynamic, efficient, customer oriented, and market-focused intermodal facility that contributes to commerce and economic growth for Owensboro and the region.

Establishment & Governance

The Owensboro Riverport is owned by the City of Owensboro. In 1966, the City of Owensboro created the Owensboro Riverport Authority under Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 65.510, et seq., “for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, operating and expanding necessary and proper riverport and river navigation facilitites” and to obtain and develop land within the economic environs of the port to attract river-oriented industry.

The six members of the Authority are appointed by the Mayor of Owensboro for a term of four years, with expiration of the terms being staggered.

Riverport Authority Guide

Familiarize yourself with the applicable state statutes for the law surrounding riverport authorities with this handy guide from the Kentucky League of Cities.