Our Louisiana Fairview-Riverside State Park Review

Fairview-Riverside State Park Review

The Fairview-Riverside State Park is located at 119 Fairview Drive in Madisonville, Louisiana.

So what can we tell you about this adorable state park? Well, we have visited this state park twice already and it is definitely on our list to visit again.

There are 82 RV sites and 20 tent sites in the park. And it is very accessible from well traveled roads in the area.

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The Interstate that is the closest is I-12. From there, by taking Route 190 and Route 22 you can easily access this park.

Fairview-Riverside State Park Features

This nicely manicured, cypress tree lined park sits right on the Tchefuncte River. And it has a nice little boardwalk that allows you to walk right along the riverbank.

Fairview-Riverside State Park boardwalk

Along the boardwalk you can enjoy the beautiful breeze, gorgeous sunsets and the ability to fish as well. And a small cleaning station is available for cleaning the fish you catch too.

The boardwalk also continues through a nice little Louisiana bayou section that certainly
gives you the flavor of the state you are visiting. And if you have a boat, you can launch from this park too.

This park also contains the Otis House Museum which during non-Covid times can be toured. It’s a step back in time that is both fun and educational.

We went on a self-guided exterior tour of the exterior buildings and found it very interesting. It was a beautiful walk and we learned more about the history of the area.

Camping At This Park

There are two sections to the Fairview-Riverside State Park and both contain 50 amp and 30 amp service. There are also water connections at every site, but no sewer connections And that is very typical of state parks.

However, there is a dump station in the park where you can take care of emptying your gray and black tanks.

The campsites are fairly level and the drainage is pretty good. And many of the sites have trees, but they are located where they would not be in the way.

Fairview-Riverside State Park campsites

We were there not too long after the last hurricane that went through and all of the sites were usable.

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They had done a wonderful job of clearing off fallen branches and making the park very easy to negotiate. In fact, we would say that moving around the park roads is very easy even if you have a big rig.

There are not a lot of amenities at the park though. This is again typical of state parks. But the bath houses and laundry rooms are very clean and updated. We have used them both and found them to be very nice and private.

During our stay we definitely enjoyed the southern hospitality of the rangers that were there too.

The nightly camping fee was very reasonable and we even got a better deal than expected during our stay. When we arrived, they made sure they told us about it so we could take advantage of the special rates. Thanks guys!

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They also made sure we knew there was wifi available in the park. But we did not have to use it.

This is because our AT&T hotspot and T-Mobile phone service were more than adequate. And this was no doubt because we were not far away from some larger towns and a small city.

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The Local Area Around The State Park

Speaking of places to provision, there are three towns within a very short drive of the park. Madisonville, Mandeville, and Covington, all have grocery stores.

But there is also a Walmart, Home Depot, and even a Whole Foods and a Total Wine nearby too.

There are the typical fast food places for a quick bite to eat. But we also found little
local restaurants that offer a variety of food options. So there is more than enough places for food to please just about everyone.

We enjoyed just staying put in the Fairview-Riverside State Park. But there are other wildlife refuges and state parks around that offer other activities that could be enjoyed as well.

Our Conclusion

We have truly enjoyed our stay at Fairview-Riverside State Park both times we have been here. And if we are in the area again, we will look forward to camping here once more.

I suppose the only thing we missed during our stay in the park is sewer hookups. But once again, most state parks don’t have that anyway.

So given the fact that it is a state park, we would definitely give it a five star rating overall.

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