Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville

#15 of 35 in Nature in Louisiana
Fairview-Riverside State Park is a tourist attraction 2mi east of Madisonville, Louisiana, United States. 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 William Theodore Jay, 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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  • This was our first time to visit Fairview Riverside State Park in Louisiana. When we arrived we were greeted by Steven Welch the park ranger. He is an amazing park ranger. He offered us a map which sh...  more »
  • This is one of the prettiest parks I have stayed in. The showers and bathrooms are clean and nice. I opted to spend the extra money to upgrade to a site on the water. Well worth the cost. River surrou...  more »
  • Staff were friendly and helpful. Bathrooms were up to date and spotless. Had no trouble maneuvering our 30' fifth wheel. The park is small but very nice. We enjoyed the boardwalk through the swamp, and the river is beautiful. Lots of things to do nearby and good restaurants too. We'll definitely be back!
  • One of my favorite places to camp. The lots are maintained and the grass is always cut....which is important to me, and always a tree to hang my hammock in. The bath house is convenient and always supplied with tissue. But I absolutely love the boardwalk along the river with the huge trees hanging over. I'll "fish" with hubby, but really just enjoy the atmosphere and the beautiful trees.

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