Barge Port (Palatka, Florida)

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Barge Port
Country United States
Location Palatka, Florida[1]
Coordinates 29°41′9″N 81°39′26″W / 29.68583°N 81.65722°W / 29.68583; -81.65722
Opened 1970
Owned by Putnam County Port Authority
Type of harbor Natural/Artificial
Wharfs 1[2]
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Barge Port is a port facility and industrial development area located in Palatka, Florida, United States. Positioned on the waters of the St. Johns River, tenants enjoy access to navigable waters maintained at 40 feet by the Army Corps of Engineers. The area is also accessible by CSX rail line and US 17. Management and development of the site is conducted through Putnam County Port Authority. Major port facilities are located 60 miles downriver in Jacksonville.


Current and former users at Barge Port include:[citation needed]

  • Apex Metal Fabrication
  • AT&T
  • Beck Auto Group
  • Caraustar Industrial & Consumer
  • DSI Forms Inc,
  • First Coast Technical College
  • Florida Rock Industries
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Hanson plc
  • Keith Marine
  • Lion Pool Products
  • Mitchell Grayson Inc
  • Newcastle Shipyard LLC
  • Price Brothers
  • Prichett Trucking
  • PDM Bridge
  • Southwestern Electric
  • Weststaff


In 1970, the Cross Florida Barge Canal was still viewed as viable, with one-third of the project complete. That same year, Putnam County Port Authority completed Barge Port in anticipation of increased development interest. Palatka was seemingly poised to experience maritime growth due to its location on the St. Johns River and the newly constructed canal system. By 1971, serious ecological and environmental concerns were brought to the attention of the public. The threat of saltwater contamination in the fragile freshwater ecosystems of inland Florida subsequently brought the canal project to an end.[when?] Barge Port has managed to thrive in the absences of a Gulf of Mexico route.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Facility Location Report". Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Coastal Pilot: St. Johns River". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2011.