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FAIRVIEW RIVERSIDE STATE PARK
FAIRVIEW RIVERSIDE STATE PARK
119 Fairview Drive
Madisonville, Louisiana   70447

Phone: 888-677-3247
Toll Free: 888-677-3247
Reservations: 888-677-3247
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Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park
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Fairview Riverside State Park
'On the Tchefuncte River'
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Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park
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Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park
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Fairview Riverside State Park
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Fairview Riverside State Park
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Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

Fairview Riverside State Park

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.

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.
History of the Area
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.

It was Mr. Otis's desire that the name for his home, Fairview-Riverside, be retained as the name of the park. The name is indeed an apt one, for throughout the 99-acre park surrounding the home, outdoors enthusiasts will find bountiful opportunities to appreciate nature along the river's edge.

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 (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) are admitted free. Call 985-792-4652 for group tour information.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
Camping
22 Premium Campsites (prime location sites, all with water and electrical hookup)

59 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)

20 Unimproved Campsites (without hookup)
Boating
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.


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Picnicking
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.
Trails
1/4-mile nature trail (ADA accessible)
Area Attractions
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. Children (3 and under) and seniors (62 and over) are admitted free. Call 985-792-4652 for group tour information.

Fontainebleau State Park (South of I-12 and southeast of Mandeville on US 190) - Located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, the park offers 130 improved campsites, 180 unimproved campsites, nature trails, 3 group camps, a lodge, a swimming pool and beach, a playground, and the ruins of a plantation brickyard and sugar mill situated among an alley of towering oaks.

Fort Pike State Historic Site (Adjacent to "Old Spanish Trail" US 90 approximately 23 miles east of downtown New Orleans) - This historic masonry fort was completed in 1827 to defend New Orleans. Stroll through arched casemates and stand overlooking the Rigolets as sentries once did, enjoy living history programs, visit the museum, or picnic at the pavilion.

Tammany Trace (Koop Drive, Mandeville) - Thirty-one miles of Louisiana's only "rails-to-trails" site is open from Mandeville to Abita Springs. It is a popular spot for bicycles, horses, runners, skaters, and walkers.

New Orleans and the Historic French Quarter Visit downtown New Orleans, museums, casinos, Aquarium of the Americas, the Riverwalk, or take a cruise on the Mississippi River.

Louisiana State Museum (French Quarter, New Orleans) - One of New Orleans' top ten attractions, the State Museum is comprised of the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, and the Old U. S. Mint.

Tickfaw State Park (27225 Patterson Road, Springield) - Located 32 miles east of Baton Rouge off I-12 on 1,200 acres along three miles of the Tickfaw River, the park offers 14 vacation cabins, 30 campsites, 20 tent campsites, a group camp, a nature center and gift shop, picnic tables, pavilions and a canoe launch.

Bayou Segnette State Park (7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego) - Minutes from New Orleans and situated where woodlands meet marsh, the park offers 20 waterfront cabins, 98 improved campsites, a group camp, wave pool, conference center, playgrounds, picnic tables and pavilions, a large boat launch, and abundant wildlife.

Antique Shopping in Ponchatoula - "America's Antique City."

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (2 miles east of Slidell in St. Tammany Parish) - This 34,896-acre area is managed for wildlife and includes a cypress-tupelo swamp and hardwoods. Visitors may enjoy fishing, canoeing, boating, birding, crawfishing, hunting, a nature walk, and a rifle range.

Louisiana Scenic Bayou Byway Winding through a 13-parish area north of Lake Pontchartrain, this route takes the visitor to many unique and popular attractions including Fontainebleau and Fairview-Riverside State Parks.

Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge (Off LA 41, north of I-49) - Boat launches and a canoe trail are avail- able for access to the refuge. Fishing, hunting, and camping are allowed.

Swamp Tours Contact local guides for tours of Honey Island Swamp.

Joyce Wildlife Management Area (2 miles south of Ponchatoula off I-55) - This area is primarily a cypress- tupelo swamp with a small tract of fresh marsh. Hunting, birding, and wildlife observation are popular activities and a boardwalk offers excellent viewing opportunities.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 22 Great Place to Camp by patti
We really enjoyed our stay at this park. No problems, safe and clean. We will definitly return.
November 26 Rude rangers by mawmawrose@hotmail.com
Beware the rangers at this park need to go to school for people skills most of all R Monk. His rudest and ugly manners almost mess our Thanksgiving week up. He needs to think this is not a prison but a fun time for people that pays his salary. We love the park have been coming for 40yrs or more. This week was a nightmare. Please fix this problem. God Bless
May 11 Wonderful place to camp by Albany Table And Chair Rentals
the park rangers were very helpful with all questions . the restrooms and showers were very clean. caught lots of pan fish. the lots were very clean. could have a little more lighting in the back lots.as for the peacocks , no bother to me . loved hearing them.make sure to bring lots of ice , there is no ice to buy there. I will be back.
February 10 Not what it use to be by Fairview State Prison
This use to be our favorite campground until they had a change of staff. It feels like a prison atmosphere having a spot light shining on campers while he makes his rounds like a prison guard. Waking campers up if 1 tire is touching the grass is alittle crazy. Wait until morning to ask someone to move. So many unhappy campers.
September 3 Excellent Place To Camp by Wayne & Shelly
This is one of our favorite places to camp. We go there often since it only takes us about an hour to get there. The place is well managed and kept up. We are always looking forward to our next trip.
June 23 A wonderful place by Steven
We stayed here last year about November time. We loved it. It is quiet and shaded well. It is close to several areas for tourist. We look forward to returning every year.
June 1 Family oriented and clean by La. girl loves trees.
We have gone there for the last few years. I absolutely love it. We cannot wait until the next time we get to go back. It is a clean, and easy to love park.
May 24 Favorite park by Mike, Cyndi, Ricky and Judy
This is one our favorite parks and we wish they had more water front sites and a place to swim. We also enjoy going to the boat launch at the lake and crab and fish.
April 11 LOVE IT..AWESOME!! by the best custermors
my family go every Easter and mardi gras.. and also in between times ..we love it there..the front bath house needs to be re done just like the back one..very peaceful place..they really need to fix the entrance on the otis house because they are awesome places to take any forms of pictures..they need to put in swimming place to cool off..i would very recommended them to put in a swimming pool or place in the river to swim !! overall i would recommended to anyone to go and stay...!! AN AWESOME PLACE WORDS CANT EVEN DESCRIBE IT !!!..
November 2 by The Brelands
My family and I have spent many weekends at the campground. I love the scenery but I think it is time to update the bathroom facilities in the front. When it rains the commodes back up and it is terrible. I have seen many people make that journey to the back just to take a shower.
October 27 by Robin Wells
I agree with some of the other post regarding the trees that need to be cut back! My dad was leaving the park from the back, almost tore his awning off on a big oak tree. And we will not go to the park without a reservation on sites we KNOW our campers will fit into...because of the pine trees being just too cramped and close to the sites. Other than that we love it and yes, the eating places in Madisonville are wonderful!
October 11 lifetime vister by fisherman
i live down the road from this park and i go almost every day. i love to fish in both the river and the pond. great staff very friendly.
July 8 Ok for the price but be aware
Dont expect a nice greeting from chech-in or any problems
April 24 NOT COMPLAINING JUST EXPLAINING by TIGER64
THE NEIGHBORS PEACOCKS NEED TO BE ON A GRILL. JUST KIDDN. BUT THEY DO AGGRAVATE WITH THEIR HOLLERING. FRONT BATH HOUSE NEEDS UPDATING. OLD GLASS WINDOWS LET IN ALL THE BUGS. SITES NEED UPDATING FOR ALL THE FANCY NEW CAMPERS WITH SLIDE OUTS. OTHER THAN THAT, NICE FAMILY CAMPING.
January 12 helpful by buie
My husband became ill while staying in the park. he had to be hospitlized. the park staff was very helpful in re-locating me. the campground host helped me move my rig. we did fine,but almost did not get into site 31 because of a tree. It would not hurt to remove 1 tree to enable a person to park more easily, but thanks to the help of the host and staff we made it
November 16 Muffle the Peacocks! by Jay & Martha
We love the park. Excellent kayaking. Food in the area restaurants is delicious and reasonable. We really like the maritime museum in Madisonville. My favorite Live Oak tree is just down the road from the park across from the cemetery.
November 5 My favorite camping spot so far by New to camping
Beautiful campground, beautiful surroundings, Lots of shade, nice camping spots, brand new bathhouse by the river, playground, just a great place to camp
September 26 lifetime user of park
very nice park family oriented but the trees is what downgrades the park trees to be trimmed out so you could at least use your awning and backing up purposes
August 11 We visit often
Nice shaded spots. Beautiful by the water. Great family place
May 28 Great camping sites, clean and pretty by Janice Seals
May 19 Trees Are a Problem by Chainsaw MOM
This is my favorite place to be, my kids love it, but it is a SOB to park, because of all the trees
May 12 Nice, clean, family park
April 25 nice park
Nice park but the sites are hard to get in because the trees are too close


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Land-o-pines Family Campgrounds
17145 Million Dollar Road
Covington , LA
985-892-6023


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Fairview-Riverside State Park (119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville, LA 70447; 985-845-3318 or 1-888-677-3247) is located two miles east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish on LA 22. The park includes picturesque moss-draped oaks and woodlands on the bank of the Tchefuncte River. Camping, canoeing, fishing, picnicking and relaxing are some of the favorite activities at Fairview-Riverside State Park. To reserve a campsite or the picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).

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