The port authority for the Port of Waukegan is the Waukegan Port District - Waukegan Harbor. The port district owns and operates the Port of Waukegan and the city's Regional Airport. The district is supported completely by user fees and leases and receives no funds from taxpayers. The Waukegan Port District was created in 1955 to manage the harbor. Today, Waukegan Harbor supports both commercial shipping and recreation.
A variety of services are available in the Port of Waukegan Harbor. Security people are on-site at night and throughout the weekend. The Port of Waukegan Harbor a short distance from shower and laundry facilities and the Metra Rail Station. Bicycles are available for rent in the Harbor. The Port of Waukegan Harbor has space for overnight guest dockage with water, electricity, satellite TV connections, wireless internet access, and telephone hook-ups.
There are several launch ramps in the Port of Waukegan Harbor. At the fuel dock, boaters can get gas and diesel and free pump-out service. Winter boat storage is provided by independent contractors. Sportsmen can find fishing licenses and bait near the Port of Waukegan Harbor, and there is a ship's store in the main building.
The lakefront at Port of Waukegan Harbor is complemented by a promenade, a park, slips for a wide range of recreational vessels, and a public beach. The public slips can accommodate sailboats and luxury cruisers throughout the boating season from the beginning of April to the beginning of November.
The administrative building at the Port of Waukegan Harbor contains a full laundry, shower facilities, vending machines, and a gift shop. The Harbor also offers a range of dining opportunities, bait and tackle shops, fish-cleaning stations, and facilities for full-service boat repair, maintenance, and storage.
The Waukegan Port Authority owns Waukegan Terminal Dock which is operated by Lafarge Corporation to receive cement by self-unloading vessels. Rail tracks at the terminal connect with the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway. The cement terminal's silos have total capacity for 25.5 thousand tons. The Port of Waukegan Terminal Dock has berthing space of 189 meters (620 feet) with alongside depth of 4.9 meters (16 feet) LWD.
St. Mary's Cement Company also operates a portion of the Port of Waukegan Terminal Dock. Receiving cement by barge, St. Mary's Cement has two concrete silos with total capacity for six thousand tons. This part of the Port of Waukegan Terminal Dock has berthing space of 82 meters (270 feet) with alongside depth of 4.9 meters (16 feet) LWD.
The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway owns, and National Gypsum Company's Gold Bond Building Products operates the Port of Waukegan Plant Dock to receive gypsum rock by self-unloaded vessel. An open storage area with capacity for 100 thousand tons of material is located at the rear of the Plant Dock. The Port of Waukegan Plant Dock has berthing space of 228 meters (750 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet) LWD.
In the spring of 2010, the Waukegan Port District opened a $1.1 million fuel pier to replace the old pier that had been operating since 1984. In addition to a state-of-the-art pier, the building at the pier offers office space, public washrooms, a vending area, and a wonderful covered veranda. The new fuel pier in the Port of Waukegan offers gas and diesel fuels as well as oil and other boating necessities.