• Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville, La.

    Fairview-Riverside State Park is a couple of miles east of Madisonville on theĀ  Tchefuncte River and is a welcome change after making our way through the traffic and noise of the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway approach area.

    It has 81 W/E RV campsites in two areas and 20 tent campsites. A large area contains most of the sites while a much smaller area is right on the river and, in our opinion, very preferable.

    There's a long boardwalk for fishing and just watching the water.

    There’s a long boardwalk for fishing and just watching the water.

    Unfortunately although wifi is provided the connection is easily overwhelmed and unusable.

    An attraction of the park is the Otis House, which was built in 1880 and is now a museum.

    The Otis House

    The Otis House

     

    Next to the Otis House is this well-preserved steam engine and sawmill.

    Next to the Otis House is this well-preserved steam engine and sawmill.

     

     

    The Tchefuncte River.

    The Tchefuncte River.

    119 Fairview Drive
    Madisonville, LA 70447

    985-845-3318

     

     

  • Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville, La.

    Fontainebleau SP is an expansive park on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain just east of Mandeville. Of note is the Tammany Trace Rails-to-Trails, which runs through the park.

    The park contains 121 W/E campsites, five FHU sites and 37 tent sites and is suitable for big rigs.

     

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    We had s site on the east side with good satellite tv reception.

    A strong WIFI signal was available throughout the campground but unfortunately it had no connection to the internet.
    About a third of a mile towards the lake are the ruins of Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville’s sugar mill, which operated from 1829 to 1852.

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    The tall chimneys are slowly crumbling.

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    The old boiler rusts away.

    Along the road to the lakefront is a promenade of huge live oaks.

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    Many of the trees are so old their limbs touch the ground.

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    At the lakefront is a pier and pavillion.

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    The beach gives way to cypress swamp.

    Fontainebleau State Park
    62883 Hwy. 1089
    Mandeville, LA 70448
    985-624-4443

  • Buccaneer State Park, Waveland, Miss.

    Buccaneer State Park is southwest of Waveland, Miss., and is right on the Gulf of Mexico.

    Watch for the sign along Beach Blvd.

    Watch for the sign along Beach Blvd.

      The park has 70 waterfront w/e campsites.

    The park has 70 waterfront w/e campsites.

    Hurricane Katrina destroyed the park and after a long reconstruction it reopened in November 2013. In addition to the 70 waterfront campsites it also has 206 FHU sites complete with trash pickup, waterpark, store, big wading pool and day-use picnic areas. The only thing missing is wifi.

    There's not much shade in the park due to Katrina.

    There’s not much shade in the park due to Katrina.

    The store and laundry facility is built to withstand another hurricane, as are all the other buildings in the park.

    The store and laundry facility is built to withstand another hurricane, as are all the other buildings in the park.

    The pool is three and a half feet deep and would be nice to float around in summertime.

    The pool is three and a half feet deep and would be nice to float around in summertime.

    The Barge backed into our campsite.

    The Barge backed into our campsite.

    Although our campsite was described as a 51-foot site the paved pad stopped about 36 feet from the roadway with a steep dropoff behind. No problem for us but it might be for a longer rig. Also there’s an active railroad track along the north end of the park.

    WARNING – The railroad grade crossing on Clermont Rd. approaching the park has been built up and a longer or lower rig than ours may bottom out; there’s a warning sign on that road. The crossing on Lakeshore Rd. is level.

    Buccaneer State Park
    1150 South Beach Boulevard
    Waveland, MS 39576
    (228) 467-3822
    buccaneer@mdwfp.state.ms.us