Wether you are a landlubber looking for the perfect patch of sun to set up picnic and play with the family, or you are die hard water lover who always has a few grains of sand clinging to your shoes, Louisiana's lakes and beaches offer spectacular views and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. Find the right lake or beach for your vacation.
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.