Once you've strolled under the moss-draped oaks, water skied
on the smooth, clear Tchefuncte River, or wet a line in the
waters of nearby Lake Pontchartrain, you've begun to sample
the many outdoor opportunities offered by Fairview-Riverside
Scattered throughout the park beneath a canopy of huge oak
trees, you will find numerous picnic tables, as well as nearby
group shelters, 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. 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.
Near the park and upstream, the river is remarkably clear
of obstacles, which means that water skiers find their sport
enjoyable on this wide waterway.
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.
Spend the Night
For the overnight visitor, Fairview-Riverside offers 81
camping sites, all with electricity and water hookups. A nearby
comfort station and dump station are provided. The park also
provides a tent camping area with comfort station access.
This camping area is a favorite of groups who want to camp
together under the stars. Fairview-Riverside State Park offers
numerous opportunities for family relaxation, nature study,
water recreation, or whatever the beautiful setting may aspire.
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
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
appropriate 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.
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
Tammany Trace-- (Koop Drive, Mandeville)--Eighteen 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.
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 camp- ing
Swamp Tours-- Contact local guides for tours of Honey Island
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.
State Park (P.O. Box 856, 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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