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Fairview-Riverside State Park
Campground

119 Fairview Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447
985-845-3318 or 888-677-3668
Email: fairview@crt.la.gov

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Dec. 26-30,
2012

I really enjoyed my stay here and would have been perfectly happy staying a lot longer, having time to explore more of the park and surrounding areas, but this was a quick trip with family from Austin to see family near New Orleans. I was still so thankful for even a little exposure to this great park and campground.
Site #68
Here I am in Site #68, and I really liked this site. It was large, easy to back into, the door to the RV opened onto the yard which afforded more privacy since it faced a bank of trees, plus it was an easy walk to the nature trail along the swamp, boat ramp and Tchefuncte River.

Complete site map from brochure given at park

Large firepits great for roaring campfires. Tchefuncte River and boat docks are to the right in the back, a close walk and easy access to the Nature Walk that begins to the right. Beautiful sunsets add even more to the peaceful setting.

Note: no wood is available for sale within the park, so get some from nearby roadside stands.

This is the road looking from the front of Site #68. The roads are all in good shape and easily navigated. Being on the corner like this with the road right in front made this site very easy to back into.
Looking down the middle row of sites, Site #71 on the left
These are the sites to the left of me - #69 & #70. Although #70 is closest to the boat ramp by the river and a most requested site, I still preferred #68 due to the privacy but still easy access.
Bathhouse
One of the bathhouses - this one for the back loop. The back dump is right past this.
Across from bathhouse
This shows the road running in front of the bathhouse, with the entrance to sites #75 and #76 facing opposite directions on separate one-way roads.
Here's a shot of the front campground showing sites in the 40's with its bathhouse in the background. There's a playground with swings and slides across the road from this section.
General Campground Information:
Sites:

Total of 81 for RVs (all with water and electrical hookups - some with 50 amps):
Improved - 57
Premium - 22 (prime location sites - the entire rear campground - Sites 61-82)
Unimproved - 20 (no hookups)

Site Maps: From Fairview website: Overview of site map
Closeup views: Sites 1-27 - Sites 28-60 - Sites 61-82
Complete site map from brochure given at park
Sanitation: No sewer at sites, but dump stations both near entrance and in rear. The 3 bathhouses with showers are very nice. I just noticed on the brochure site map that laundry facilities are listed, but I didn't think to see them while there - what a nice amenity, though!
Reservations: Must be made through Reserve America (877-226-7652). See notes about Golden Age and Golden Access discounts. There is a $6.00 transaction fee applied to all reservations.
Due to only having a couple of days for my family visit, I had to drive straight through from Austin. This was the first time in 12 years of fulltiming that I ever arrived at a campground after dark (9:30 p.m.) and besides being totally exhausted, I was a bit nervous about navigating through the park and the campground, which I knew was heavily treed. But I had no problems, even backing in to the site (there are no pull-through sites in any loop). I was in Site #64 the first night, a nice site, but the 50 amp side on the electrical box didn't work (30 amp did). The next morning, Bill came out and quickly fixed the problem, but by that time I had decided I wanted to stay an extra night, so I had to move to #68, which I ended up liking better anyway. Bill told me they were still working on getting everything back online since damage from Hurricane Isaac, which flooded the campground up past the electrical boxes! The front part of the campground (Sites 1-60) are still closed due to an electrical upgrade project, anticipated to be completed by the end of January, 2013. But the back loop (Sites 61-82) is always preferred and fills up fastest. The sites here are larger and spaced further apart with closer access to the river, boat ramp and Nature Walk.
Free wi-fi is available throughout the campground. Even though my Verizon aircard worked fine, I checked out their system and could get online easily that way, also. My Verizon phone had a great signal, but my daughter had trouble with her Sprint phone keeping a signal.

Links to what others have said about Fairview-Riverside:
RVParkReviews.com and Yelp.com.

A short video I put together starring my gorgeous great-grandtwins enjoying the campground: 7 minutes on YouTube

Malia's 2 cents: Moss-draped, dreamy trees, swampland, dark and quiet nights around a roaring campfire and being alongside the Tchefuncte River - all the best of Cajun Country! Here you'll find all the greatest things about RVing at state parks - nature trail, friendly RVers and helpful rangers, campground hosts and park staff.

All Fairview-Riverside State Park pages:
 
Main Park Page
Campground Information
Boardwalk Nature Trail
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