The Port of Orange makes her bow to the world with the advent of the completion of her twenty five foot channel to tide water, adding her to the roster of Deep Water Ports of the Gulf of Mexico. -Orange Leader, 1916

The Port of Orange became a deep-water port, open to the Gulf of Mexico and the world's oceans in 1916 when a 25-foot channel through Sabine Lake, past Sabine Pass, and out to the Gulf of Mexico was completed.

The channel was the result of the efforts of canny and able sawmill operators who knew how to get money and government help for their project. The harbor at Orange had always been attractive to shipping. Located on the Sabine River 12 miles above that watercourse's outlet to Sabine Lake, the harbor not only received barges of cotton from ports in East Texas but also timber. The timber was floated downriver from East Texas forests, made into lumber at Orange, and then shipped to Sabine Pass. There the cargoes were transshipped to New Orleans, Galveston, and other ports along the Gulf.

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Port of Orange Services

The Port of Orange On-Site Marine Services includes shipyards that can accomodate New Construction and Repairs of  tugs, Barges and Offshore Petroleum Drilling Platforms along with Dry Dock Services for Barges and Tugs.  Our Transmodal Services include Ocean Vessles, Barges and Rail Truck.  The Port of Orange has a long tradition of accomodating local industrial facilities with warehousing, packaging bulk cargo and railroad/truck shopping operations. 

The Port of Orange is strategically located in Orange, Texas on the Sabine River .50 miles from the Intracoastal Waterway and 37 miles from the Gulf of Mexico with 24 Hour Channel and dock accessibility.


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Port of Orange
Orange County Navigation & Port District and The Industrial Development Corp. 
1201 Childers Rd
Orange, TX 77631 

Call us today (409) 883-4363

Fax (409) 883-5607