The Port of Jackson

The Port of Jackson Alabama is a thriving port in southwest Alabama, situated on the Tombigbee River.

The port handles various types of cargo, including timber products, steel, and petroleum products.

It serves as an essential link between the Gulf of Mexico and the inland waterways of the United States.

The port boasts of modern facilities and equipment, including dockside cranes and a terminal with 1,000 feet of berthing space.

It also offers convenient transportation options, with rail operations and direct access to major highways.

With its strategic location and efficient operations, the Port of Jackson Alabama provides economic benefits to the region by facilitating trade and creating job opportunities.

The port is committed to its role as a responsible member of the community and continuously seeks to improve operations while minimizing environmental impacts.

From Coffeeville Lake to Jackson, Alabama, the Tombigbee River is free flowing. Below Jackson, the Tombigbee River joins the Alabama River on the Mobile-Baldwin county line to form the Mobile River, approximately 30 mi (48 km) north of Mobile.  

Before the Tombigbee River was dammed, dredged and straightened as part of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, a total of fifty freshwater mussel species occurred there, including three species known from nowhere else. But, straightening and dredging caused banks to destabilize and fill the channel with silt and dams created reservoirs where shoals once were. Change of the river from a meandering, free-flowing system with a sand and gravel bottom to this series of reservoirs and channels decimated the mussel community in the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Few reaches of the river hold significant mussel populations today, and the three species that occurred only in the Tombigbee River are believed to be extinct. But in the few areas where mussels remain, densities can be high. Some mussels in the Tombigbee River are commercially valuable, though the Tombigbee River generally contributes an insignificant portion of the annual commercial harvest.