Abundant natural beauty and a plethora of activities are the ingredients for an outdoor paradise. Louisiana's many state parks and recreational sites offer campers the perfect way to interact with Louisiana's natural beauty. Whether you are looking for the ideal spot along that lovely stream to set up camp, or you prefer the comfort of a cozy cabin with all the amenities, you'll find plenty of options. You'll find many excellent RV parks as well. For daytime activities, take your pick of hiking, biking, boating, fishing, canoeing, birding, swimming or many other choices. Louisiana campgrounds offer fun for the whole family.
Hugging the banks of the lovely Tchefuncte River, Madisonville is rich in local color and maritime history. Explore that history at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and learn about efforts to preserve Madisonville's lighthouse, built in 1837, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fish or crab off the public pier on the lakefront -- or just enjoy some of the best seafood anywhere at restaurants such as Crabby Shack or Morton's, featuring a deck overlooking the river.
Visitors flock to Madisonville for year round festivals such as the Maritime Museum's Wooden Boat Festival, held in the fall, and the Krewe of Tchefuncte Mardi Gras boat parade.