Fairview-Riverside State Park
The cool, crystal-clear waters of the Tchefuncte River make for great fishing and scenery here. 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. The river holds abundant bass, bluegill, white perch and bream near the park area, and channel catfish, speckled trout and redfish in the area where the river meets the lake. Freshwater fishing from the river bank or a boat offers rewards for even the most casual fisherman. Crabbing in the lake and the river is also popular. 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. The park is located at 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville. From I-12, take Highway 21 (Exit 58) south to Madisonville, then travel east on Highway 22. The park is two miles east of town. For more information see http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ifairview.aspx or call 985-845-3318 or 888-677-3247.