The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, covers 335,000 miles and 17 states. The Ohio River and its seven navigable tributaries comprises over 2,500 miles of waterways.
Approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January 2015, the Ohio River boundaries of the re-designated port have been expanded from 26 miles to 226.5 miles, including a seven-mile span of the Licking River in Northern Kentucky. The new port, designated the Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – includes all or part of 10 counties in Kentucky and 5 counties in Ohio. With the new boundaries, the Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky moves nearly 48 million tons of cargo a year, ranking it 15th among all U.S. ports and the busiest inland port in the US.
The newly designated ports are comprised of 129 active docks and terminals, with 68 on the Ohio side of the Ohio River, 54 along the Kentucky shoreline, and seven along the Licking River.