Start planning your next getaway to the Louisiana Northshore with a copy of our latest visitor inspiration guide!Request Yours Now
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.
Visitors flock to Madisonville for festivals, including the Maritime Museum's Wooden Boat Festival, held each fall, the Krewe of Tchefuncte Mardi Gras boat parade, and community events at Town Hall and along the riverfront. You can also explore Fairview-Riverside State Park for camping, boating, fishing, hiking, jet skiing, and pontoon boat tours with Louisiana Tours and Adventures or Tchefuncte River Charters.
In Madisonville, you'll enjoy some of the freshest seafood and Louisiana classics while dining with a view of the scenic Tchefuncte River at places like The Anchor, Tchefuncte's Restaurant, Morton's, Abita Roasting Company and Orlando's. Or, bring your own boat and water ski, swim, fish, or cruise down the Tchefuncte as it makes its way to Lake Pontchartrain.