Description - 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. 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 hook-ups. 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 inspire.
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.
Recreation - Camping, canoeing, fishing, picnicking and relaxing are some of the favorite activities at Fairview-Riverside State Park.
Climate - Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September.
Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.
located two miles east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish on LA 22. To reserve a campsite or the picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free