Fairview-Riverside State Park
119 Fairview Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447
985-845-3318 or 888-677-3247 toll free
Scattered throughout the park beneath a canopy
of huge oak trees, you will find numerous picnic tables, as well as
a group pavilion, a playground, and comfort stations. Spend a
relaxing afternoon on the river or venture out into the water for
lively outdoor recreation.
The cool, crystal-clear waters of the
Tchefuncte River yield bass, bluegill, white perch, and bream near
the park area, and channel catfish, speckled trout and redfish where
the river meets the lake. Freshwater fishing from the river bank or
a boat offers unmatched delights for even the most casual fisherman.
Crabbing in the lake and the river is also popular.
Just two miles away by road and a few minutes
by water is the Madisonville public boat launch. Many visitors use
the launch for access to the calm waters of the Tchefuncte River or
the exhilarating expanse of Lake Pontchartrain.
When you enter the park, you will notice a
large home facing the water. This is Otis House, originally built in
the 1880s as the family home for sawmill owner William Theodore Jay.
It was later purchased and renovated in the 1930s by Frank Otis,
serving as his summer home until his death in 1962. Mr. Otis left
the property to the State of Louisiana to be developed into a
recreational site for visitors. The house was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1999.
The Otis House Museum is open for tours
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, except
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Museum admission is $2
per adult. Children (3 and under) and seniors (62 and over) are
From I-12, take LA 21 (Exit 58) south
to Madisonville, then travel east on LA 22. The park is two miles
east of town.
Hours of Operation:
6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. All park sites close at
10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
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