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, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In Madisonville, you’ll enjoy some of the freshest seafood anywhere at Crabby Shack(shown here). Dine with a view of the scenic Tchefuncte River at places like  Friends Coastal, featuring a large, popular deck overlooking the water, or Morton’s and Water Street Bistro. Or, bring your own boat and waterski, swim, fish, or cruise down the Tchefuncte as it makes its way to Lake Pontchartrain.

Visitors flock to Madisonville for festivals, including the Maritime Museum’s Wooden Boat Festival, held each fall, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Krewe of Tchefuncte Mardi Gras boat parade. You can also explore Fairview-Riverside State Park for camping, boating, fishing and hiking. and tour its historic Otis House Museum.

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