The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was officially dedicated on June 5, 1971.
Celebrating the Vision
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
In 2021, we celebrate the Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s 50th Anniversary! On June 5, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon officially dedicated the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa in a historic and memorable visit. As we reflect on and commemorate the leadership, dedication and advocacy efforts the past fifty years, we also look ahead to continuing the vision and impact of the Tulsa Ports!
Robert S. Kerr was the first person to be born in Oklahoma to become our Governor. He was the 12th. He was also the first Governor of Oklahoma to go on and serve in the Senate. He was an advocate for flood control on the Arkansas River and all of the benefits that it offered. The navigation system was eventually named after him.
John L. McClellan was the longest running Senator out of the state of Arkansas. He was also an advocate for flood control on the Arkansas River and all of the benefits that it offered. The navigation system was eventually named after him.
Bob Portiss came to work for the City of Tulsa Rogers County Port Authority in March of 1973 in the position of Manager of Traffic and Sales. Bob worked hard for the Port Authority and was appointed Port Director on July 1st, 1984. He was only the fourth person to serve in this capacity. He served in that position until he retired December 30, 2016. Bob was given the title Port Director Emeritus and still advocates for the Port and the Waterway.