The port authority for the Port of Terrebonne is the Terrebonne Port Commission. Responsible for managing a 680-acre tract on Industrial Boulevard in Houma, the Port of Terrebonne is just one 1.6 kilometers (one mile) west of Highway 57 and the Houma-Terrebonne Airport and Industrial Park.
The Port Commission maintains and improves all waterways in Terrebonne Parish, excluding those managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Local government and Terrebonne Parish civic groups appoint the seven commissioners of the Port Commission. Three commissioners are selected by the Parish Council and two are selected by the Parish President. The Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Industrial Association also appoint one commissioner each.
The Terrebonne Port Commission covers the entire parish. The Commission is responsible for all waterways in the parish, but the Port of Terrebonne is its main responsibility. The Port Commission handles development and management of the Port of Terrebonne, making significant contributions to the parish's economy.
Located on the Houma Navigation Canal near its intersection with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Port of Terrebonne is located strategically to handle cargo traveling both waterways. The canal ties the Port of Terrebonne with Port Fourchon some 71 kilometers (44 miles) to the southeast. The two ports are working together to improve East-West connectivity and to increase industrial land and building sites.
The Port of Terrebonne is well located to compete with other Louisiana medium- and shallow-draft ports. The Port of Terrebonne captures an increasing share of cargo from Latin America and distributes that cargo throughout the US through the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
The Downtown Marina in the Port of Terrebonne's downtown Houma is an important part of the community's revitalization. Serving local residents and recreational and transient boaters, the Downtown Marina is located at the junction of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Historic Bayou Terrebonne. Offering safe harbor for overnight visitors, the Marina provides utilities and services for recreational boaters. Near the Port of Terrebonne Marina are fuel services, restaurants, shops, and business services as well as the churches, medical services, and tourist attractions of historic downtown Houma.
The Downtown Marina in the Port of Terrebonne has 106.7 meters (350 feet) of dock space with an average alongside depth of from 1.5 meters (5 feet) to 2.1 meters (7 feet). Five slips with minimum width of 3.7 meters (12 feet) are available. Utility pedestals with electrical outlets are located at the slips. Services include sewage tank pump-out and sewage dump-out. The overnight charge of $25 includes these utilities and services.