• Peaceful campground setting

    One of the most peaceful campgrounds in the state

  • Otis House at Fairview-Riverside State Park

    The Victorian-era Otis House, available for tours

  • Bring your kayak or canoe and travel down the Tchefuncte River

    Bring your kayak or canoe and travel down the Tchefuncte River

  • Stately oaks of the park

    Stately oaks keep the park nice and shady for a relaxing day out

  • Enjoy a peaceful evening of fishing

    As with all of our parks, waterside fishing opportunities are available

119 Fairview Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447

30.409079, -90.140381

Park Map:

Hours of Operation:
  • Site is open daily
  • Otis House is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; call the park for availability on Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays.
Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday
  • open at 7 a.m.
  • close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • open at 7 a.m.
  • close at 10 p.m.
Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrance Fees
  • $3 per person
  • Free for seniors (62 & older)
  • Free for children (3 & under)



Online Reservations

Fairview-Riverside State Park sign

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. ↓ show more

If you prefer to stay on land, the park's nature trail will take you by the river where you can enjoy the view. Then, cap off the perfect day by staying overnight in the park's campground.

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.

Fairview-Riverside State Park has partnered with Louisiana Tours & Adventures for tours on the Tchefuncte River. Enjoy an afternoon on the river, with loads of fun water-related activities! Pack your lunch, sunscreen, and towels; life jackets are provided.

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.

Otis House
otishouse-new.jpgWhen 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 offers tours Wednesday – Sunday, and is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Museum admission is $4 per adult. Children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) are admitted free. Call 985-792-4652 for group tour information. ↑ show less

Fairview-Riverside State Park on Facebook

Otis House Museum at Fairview-Riverside State Park on Facebook

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program promotes outdoor recreation, ranging from land acquisition to development of park facilities.
This Louisiana State Park site has received assistance from the LWCF.

Upcoming Events

While programs are being offered, we do ask that you remember social distancing practices and CDC recommendations for being in public settings. For the safety of our guests and staff, tour groups will be kept to 9 visitors; this allows to keep groups – including the tour guide – to the recommendation size of 10 or fewer.

Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

Pavilion$70/dayMaximum Occupancy of 60 people.
*Unit is equipped with electrical lighting and grills/fire rings.

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities

A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.
( map of sites 1-27)  ( map of sites 28-60)  ( map of sites 61-82)
22 Premium Campsites (prime location sites, all with water and electrical hookup)$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
59 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup)$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
20 Unimproved Campsites (without hookup)  (map of tent campsites 1-20)$18/night plus tax
America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes (formerly Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the National Park Service. Click here for more information)
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).

Additional Fees

Use of Personal Golf Carts on State Park Property - $10/cart per day; $100 annual permit available. Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.


Boat Tours on the Tchefuncte River


Trails at Fairview-Riverside State Park

  • 1/4-mile nature trail (ADA accessible)

On-Site Activities:

A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.

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