Being one of the oldest communities in Louisiana, Madisonville is a flavorful gumbo of all the great things southeast Louisiana has to offer. Originally named "Cokie", from the French word Coquille meaning shell, the town's name was changed in 1811 to honor President James Madison.
Because of its position on the Tchefuncte River, the town's history has always been shaped by water. As a result of this rich history, the town has eight sites listed on the National Historic Register. The dwellings on the register range in architecture from Greek revival to Creole cottage. Be sure to get a glimpse of these historic structures during your visit.
The Tchefuncte is one of the most scenic rivers in the state. With its moss-draped cypress and oak lined banks, an afternoon cruise will bring you such delight that it will almost be sinful. Watch carefully for the Ospreys and Bald Eagles as they search over the saw grass for prey.
We Are Now Offering Hands-On Powerboat Training
Freedom Boat club in partnership with the Recreational Power Boat Association (RPBA) are offering hands on boat training. This is a great way to improve you skills and confidence on the water. We can teach on our boats or yours.
Power Boating Made Easy (4 hours)
The goal of Power Boating Made Easy is to increase boating safety and enjoyment by improving boaters’ nautical knowledge, practical skills and confidence. This program is taught by RPBA certified instructors. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will have learned the information and skills required to safely operate a powerboat in local, waters during daylight hours in good conditions. This class is great for new boaters.
Advanced Docking and Close Quarter Powerboat Handling (6 hours)
If you have been boating for a while and want to improve your skills, this is an outstanding opportunity. RPBA certified instructors will teach the precision boat handling skills required to operate in close quarters and strong winds and currents.
Sell, Trade or Lease your Boat to us & Let us maintain and pay for it!
To determine if your boat fits the club's requirements please call our membership director and ask about our Trade-In Program. We are looking for newer model boats to increase our fleet.
Marina del Ray is located of Hwy 22 in Madisonville LA. It is a full service marina that has been the home of Freedom Boat Club since they opened on the northshore in 2007. The marina is located about a mile from lake ponchatrain on the Tchefuncte River.
After you cross the concrete bridge to enter the marina veer to the left after the stop sign and follow the gravel road to the back of the marina. You will see a small building along the docks with Freedom Boat Club signs. We look forward to showing you all that we have to offer in Madisonville.