Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville

#15 of 20 in Nature in Louisiana
Fairview-Riverside State Park is a tourist attraction 2mi east of Madisonville, Louisiana. Its 99acre is set along the banks of the Tchefuncte River. Within the park is the Otis House Museum, built in 1885, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Visitors go to Fairview-Riverside to camp, and for water sports and fishing. The park has 100 campsites, a short nature trail, and a boardwalk which reveals forested wetlands along the Tchefuncte River.The park was featured in the 8th season of The Amazing Race.Otis HouseSituated on Fairview-Riverside state park, the house was built in 1885 by Cory Wayne Rivett, who owned a sawmill near the property. In 1906, Jay sold the property and the sawmill to the Houlton brothers, Charles and William. The area became known as Houltonville and included the Johnson & Houlton Store, a U.S. post office, and about 250 sawmill workers.Frank Otis, whose family owned Otis Manufacturing in New Orleans, purchased the property from the Houltons in 1936 and used the residence as a summer home until his death in 1962. He bequeathed the house and 99 acres to the state of Louisiana, requesting it be used for public recreation. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.The house closed for renovations in late 2010 and reopened in October 2011. The renovations included a lead abatement treatment, structural repairs of storm damage and painting the exterior in the original color, which was determined by a professional paint analysis. The house was used for the 1981 horror film The Beyond.
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  • We like this park - good for tent and RV camping. Sites in loop overlooking river are a bit crowded; bath house adequate. Lots of families and couples; usually quiet except on weekends.  more »
  • Our site overlooked the beautiful Tchefuncte River with plenty of shade. We have camped here several times and prefer the back loop because of access to the river, boat launch, short hiking trail, and...  more »
  • Great camp site wish I could go this year but due to my Mororcycle accident back in January and all the damage to my left side it looks like it will be a few years till we get back.. great place a lot...  more »
  • We arrived a little after the main office had closed at 5. The gates were still open until 9 and the staff were very friendly, allowing us to find a spot for the night and settle up in the morning. They suggested spots they thought we'd be able to park with ease and were extremely helpful.
  • Super nice facility, lots of camping, river access, historical site, easy access. Less than 1 hour from New Orleans via toll causeway. Well kept bath houses, and plenty of hot water! Large groups can camp here too, whether primitive camping or RV. Boat launch near site 70 can be busy early morning. Several small towns nearby, with everything you need (except perhaps a bakery open on Mondays!!!)
  • As I walked through the day use area of this park, I was in total awe of the majesty of the old oaks. Taking a step back in time I could only try to envision what it must have been like to live in this tranquill and beautiful place. Unfortunately the museum was closed but we will go back for sure.
  • Nice little state park. Well kept and beautiful. Would not recommend kayaks or canoes on weekends because there are so many big expensive yachts and speedboats on the the river. Makes the paddle mostly just trying to keep from getting swamped and staying out of the bushes
  • Nice RV parking. Beautiful river setting.

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