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Madisonville, LA

Welcome to Freedom Boat Club of Madisonville:   Picturesque, Casual & Rich

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.

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2012-11-02
Boat Owners: Freedom Boat Club Will Consider Boat Trades For Membership Please Call For Details
Fish N Fun Deck
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Fish N Fun Deck

  • Hurricane Fun Deck 196
  • Deck Boat
  • 19'
  • 9 people

19ft of pure fun. Enjoy the dual pleasure of this deck/pontoon combo. With enough room for seven comfortably complimented with several options including, Trolling motor, Live Well, Tow bar and storage.

  • Length: 19' / 5.8m
  • Draft: 24"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 26 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 9
  • Engine: 115 hp Yamaha Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ CD Player
    ✓ Cooler
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Fish Finder
    ✓ GPS
    ✓ GPS Holder
    ✓ Head
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Livewell
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Ski Ring
Red Hurricane
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Red Hurricane

  • Hurricane Sundeck 187
  • Deck Boat
  • 19'
  • 10 people
  • Length: 19' / 5.8m
  • Draft: 19"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 50 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 10
  • Engine: 150 hp Yamaha Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ CD Player
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Ladder - Bow
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Livewell
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
Regency Party Barge
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Regency Party Barge

  • Tracker Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge
  • Pontoon
  • 26'
  • 14 people
  • Length: 26' / 7.9m
  • Draft: 10"
  • Cabin: No
  • Fuel: Gas - 30 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 14
  • Engine: 115 hp Mercury Four Stroke
  • Boat Options:
    ✓ AM/FM Stereo
    ✓ Bimini Top
    ✓ CD Player
    ✓ Depth Finder
    ✓ Head
    ✓ Ladder - Bow
    ✓ Ladder - Stern
    ✓ Power Outlet Plug
    ✓ Sink
    ✓ Ski Ring

Restaurant

Hook'D Up Riverside Bar and Grill

Get Hook'd on Madisonville's newest riverside restaurant. Hook'd Up provides boatside service processing credit cards boatside so you can get back to running the river. Come on over where it always 5 O' Clock Wed - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Sun - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Landmark

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum

  • 133 Mabel Dr.
    Madisonville, LA 70447
Bringing Louisiana s Maritime History to Life, is the driving mission of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Located on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, the LPB Maritime Museum takes you on a historic journey through maritime Louisiana. The museum brings Louisiana s maritime history to life through unique interpretive programs, exhibits, and publications. These programs include the time honored craft of boat building, hands-on field trips, constructing underwater robots, restoration of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, and other exciting educational opportunities for people of all ages. Don t forget to visit in October during the Wooden Boat Festival, the premier annual event on the Tchefuncte River featuring over 100 wooden and classic boats! From canoes to pirogues, from bateaux to steamboats, Louisiana s unique maritime history and culture has it all. Native Americans, European explorers, and early settlers depended upon Louisiana s extensive bayous, rivers, and lakes as the pathways of survival, linking the interior with the sea. These waterways represented the connections among people, the connections of life. We welcome you to participate in the variety of unique programs and activities offered, created to highlight what makes Louisiana s maritime family great! We also offer our facility and beautiful dock on the Tchefuncte River for your next event. Start your discovery of the history and culture of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin with us!

Madisonville Lighthouse

Description: The Tchefuncte River is named after a Native American Tribe that inhabited the area from 600 B.C. to A.D. 200. In 1811, a small town established on the banks of the river was named Madisonville, in honor of President James Madison. Over the next century, the town flourished as a resort for the wealthy residents of New Orleans who fled the heat of the city for the cool lake breezes of Madisonville. The visitors were transported from Port Pontchartrain to the lake s northern shore by steam ferry. Tchefuncte River Lighthouse built in 1837 Photograph courtesy U.S. Coast Guard Additional boat traffic on the Tchefuncte River was produced by the Jahncke Shipyard. Fritz Jahncke was a German immigrant who used the abundant sand and clay found along with waterways of the lake s northern shore to start a cement and concrete business to help build the growing city of New Orleans. Jahncke s business prospered, and he eventually formed his own shipping line to transport his goods. Jahncke opened a shipyard in Madisonville to service his fleet, and the facility grew to the point where he was awarded contracts by the U.S. Government to build ships during World War I. The finished ships were floated on barges down the Tchefuncte River and out to the gulf. On June 30, 1834, Congress appropriated $5,000 for a lighthouse to guide vessels across Lake Pontchartrain to the mouth of the Tchfuncte River, but this sum had to be re-appropriated on March 3, 1837 when the original funds reverted to the treasury due to difficulties obtaining title to the lighthouse site. Built in 1837, the thirty-six-foot-tall brick tower was equipped with a lighting apparatus supplied by Winslow Lewis that consisted of nine lamps backed by fourteen-inch reflectors. Benjamin Thurston was hired as the light s first keeper at an annual salary of $500 and was known for keeping pet alligators at the station. A 212-foot breakwater was built in 1854 to protect the lighthouse, and in 1857 a fifth-order Fresnel lens was installed in the lantern room. The tower was badly damaged during the Civil War, and in 1867 workmen arrived to restore the station. The dwelling was first put in order so it could be occupied by the workmen, and then during the first week of June work began on rebuilding the lighthouse. Due to an outbreak of yellow fever, work had to be suspended for four weeks, but construction resumed in the latter part of September. The new tower was constructed on the original foundation using some of the brick from its predecessor and rose ten feet higher than the first. The lantern room from the destroyed Cat Island Lighthouse was used to cap the new lighthouse, and the light from a fifth-order Fresnel lens was exhibited on December 1, 1867. William A. Stewart, who served aboard the USS Richmond that was part of Farragut s fleet that bravely steamed past Fort Morgan and won the Battle of Mobile Bay, was employed as the first post-war keeper. A bell tower and keeper's dwelling stood on the point next to the lighthouse. Storm tossed waters were a constant threat to the exposed station. A late gale in 1874 severely damaged the breakwater in front of the station, and Congress appropriated $3,500 on March 3, 1875 for a substantial new breakwater to be built that year. The breakwater served its purpose for a few years until a storm in September 1879 swept it away, forcing it to be rebuilt. The breakwater was rebuilt again in 1886 using cypress piles a foot square, faced with cypress sheet piling. Work commenced on a new dwelling in May 1887, and it was completed on June 30. The old dwelling was torn down, and the resulting rubbish burned. A new bell tower was also built in 1887, and its characteristic was changed that year from a single blow every seven seconds to a single blow every thirty seconds. Tchefuncte River Lighthouse photographed in 1918 Photograph courtesy U.S. Coast Guard A storm on August 19 and 20, 1888 washed the station s outside kitchen from its foundation, damaging it beyond repair, and destroyed the woodshed and outhouses. The plank walk to the landing was also swept away along with the steps leading to the fog bell tower. A new kitchen, storehouse, and outhouses were built, and 223 feet of plank walk were placed around the dwelling and tower. In 1903, a black, square, pyramidal structure, supported by piles and bearing a fixed white lens lantern light thirty-four feet above the water, was built in five feet of water 545 feet lakeward of Tchefuncte River Lighthouse. This light was activated on April 30, 1903 and served as a front range light to guide mariners to the mouth of the river. At some point, a single vertical black stripe was painted on the tower to help captains line up their approach to the river. A brick oil house was also added to the station in 1903. A hurricane struck the station in July 1915, when seventy-three-year-old Keeper Joseph P. Groux was in his twenty-sixth year of service at the lighthouse. The Secretary of Commerce commended Keeper Groux for maintaining the light under hazardous and trying conditions. Following the storm, the breakwater had to be rebuilt along with a new pyramidal structure for the front range light. Frederick A. Schrieber served as keeper from 1920 to 1935, living at the lighthouse with his wife Lilla and their seven children, three of whom were born during their time at Tchefuncte River Lighthouse. In 1925, a lighthouse inspector visited the station and noted that in order for the keeper to send his five children to school, it was necessary for him to pay 75 per day for their conveyance from the light station to Madisonville, La., a distance of more than three miles. The inspector recommended that the Lighthouse Service pay for this expense as it was cheaper than hiring a teacher at $30 a month to live at the lighthouse. A telephone was installed at the station in 1927, and Keeper Schrieber paid the monthly bill so his family could easily communicate with town. Electricity arrived at the lighthouse in 1935, and William Still, the last keeper, left in 1939. Three years after the light was solarized in 1952, the keeper s dwelling was sold and moved upstream to the town of Madisonville. Through the years, the structure served as the residence for a local doctor, as a boat yard office, and as a camp. In 2004, John Poole donated the cottage to the town, and it was relocated to the grounds of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, which is located on what was the site of the Jahncke Shipyard. The town of Madisonville took over ownership of the lighthouse from the Coast Guard in 1999, and a group of volunteers interested in renovating the lighthouse held its first meeting on March 18th, 2003 in the museum. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita interrupted the original efforts, but restoration plans resumed in 2007 backed by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Southeastern Museum Conference, a gift from the Southeastern Louisiana University Development Fund, and contributions from private groups and individuals. On June 25, 2008, Phase 1 of the lighthouse restoration concluded with the exterior masonry being repaired, repointed, and painted, and the interior spiral staircase being repaired and painted. Work continued during the rest of 2008, and on August 8, the maritime museum hosted a fireworks display above the lighthouse to celebrate National Lighthouse Day and the substantial progress made in restoring Tchefuncte River Lighthouse. Today, people still flock to the northern shore from New Orleans, but now they are primarily commuters, and the trip is much shorter thanks to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway that crosses the lake. The first span of the Causeway opened to the public in 1956, and the second in 1969. Now, each weekday 30,000 cars cross the lake on what is called the longest over-water bridge in the world. Hopefully, a good number of these residents will take an interest in preserving part of Lake Pontchartrain s maritime history.

Fairview-Riverside State Park

Directions: From I-12, take LA 21 (Exit 59) south to Madisonville, then travel east on LA 22. The park is two miles east of town. Coordinates: 30.409079,-90.140381. Hours of Operation: Site is open daily. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays. April-September,entrance station is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; October-March, entrance station is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance Fees: $2 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under Scattered throughout the park beneath a canopy of huge oak trees, you will find numerous picnic tables, as well as a group pavilion, a playground, and comfort stations. Spend a relaxing afternoon on the river or venture out into the water for lively outdoor recreation. If you prefer to stay on land, the park's nature trail will take you by the river where you can enjoy the view. Then, cap off the perfect day by staying overnight in the park's campground. The cool, crystal-clear waters of the Tchefuncte River yield bass, bluegill, white perch, and bream near the park area, and channel catfish, speckled trout and redfish where the river meets the lake. Freshwater fishing from the river bank or a boat offers unmatched delights for even the most casual fisherman. Crabbing in the lake and the river is also popular. Just two miles away by road and a few minutes by water is the Madisonville public boat launch. Many visitors use the launch for access to the calm waters of the Tchefuncte River or the exhilarating expanse of Lake Pontchartrain. Otis House Otis House When you enter the park, you will notice a large home facing the water. This is Otis House, originally built in the 1880s as the family home for sawmill owner William Theodore Jay. It was later purchased and renovated in the 1930s by Frank Otis, serving as his summer home until his death in 1962. Mr. Otis left the property to the State of Louisiana to be developed into a recreational site for visitors. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. The Otis House Museum is open for tours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Museum admission is $4 per adult. Children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) are admitted free. Call 985-792-4652 for group tour information.

Marina del Ray Docks

Marina del Ray Docks

Waterfront Homes - Marina del Ray

Waterfront Homes - Marina del Ray

Marina del Ray

Marina del Ray

Docks at Marina del Ray

Docks at Marina del Ray

Marina Del Ray Entrance

Marina Del Ray Entrance

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Quality Time with Friends and Family

Quality Time with Friends and Family

Family Fishing Time

Family Fishing Time

Vacation in your own back yard

Vacation in your own back yard

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Hook'D Up Riverside Bar & Grill inside of Marina Del Ray

Hook'D Up Riverside Bar & Grill inside of Marina Del Ray

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SEAREAPER CHARTER, Captain George Brooks

SeaReaper Charters was developed in 2006 when Captain George retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Being a life long fisherman and living on the shores of Lake Ponchairtrain, the Captain thought that It would be a win - win situation to help children learn a hobby that had brought him, his children and most fishermen a lifetime of pleasure and special memories.

Having caught his first fish at the age of 4 and having a grandfather and father who lived for fishing, Captain George was hooked at an early age.  His belief that fishing is not only a sport or hobby, but a way to help children understand many life lessons they face growing up.  Patience, disappointment, teamwork, accomplishment, appreciation, companionship, and attitude are a few of the experiences everyone faces while fishing.

Fishing with children and their parents helps to build memories that the children will never forget as it bonds the child and parent to a new level.  Making it fun for the children is the key.  They become part of the crew when fishing with Captain George as they are assigned crew duties while at sea.  Helping them to understand conservation will be one of the most important lessons they learn while fishing with Captain George.

Captain George recommends that all fishermen join CCA Louisiana and all children join CCA's New Tide Program to help insure that your children and grandchildren will have the same or better fishing in the future.  Captain George is CCA Louisiana's Children's Captain and can be found on CCA's web page: ccalouisiana.com.


Dr. Corey Hebert

Boating Safety Siminars

Freedom Boat Club and Dr. Corey Hebert are pleased to announce our safe boating seminar can be scheduled for assoication meetings ( civic, business,homeowners and such) please contact Kellie at Kellied@freedomboatclub.com for avialable dates.

985 792 5115


Northshore Links

Northshore Links is an online resource for Northshore residents and visitors alike, Northshore Links provides local news, weather, sports, event calendars, an online forum, great topical and local blogs, and links to organizations, businesses, restaurants, entertainment, schools, colleges, city and parish contacts, libraries, parks, recreation, churches, TV, radio, classifieds, maps, phone books, coupons, and much more.


Route 22 GAS & BAIT

INSPECTIONS STICKERS, FISH AND GAME LICENSE, R.V., MARINE,  PROPANE, GROCERY, ICE, LIVE BAIT, LOTTO


The Tchefuncte River Foundation

The Tchefuncte River Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and beautification of the Tchefuncte River.

Hook'D Up Riverside Bar and Grill

Great burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and seafood with Cajun & Creole flavor. Dine indoors or out, or stay on the water for unique, boatside service.

About Freedom Boat Club Gulf Coast


Frank Mihlon

We love the Freedom Boat Club.  We take out a boat almost every weekend, and Mike is always at the dock to help us load the kids and gear on the boat and to make sure everything is in order.  Mike is an incredibly nice guy, and he always has the boats clean, gassed up, and ready for us to just take the keys and ride.  We love it because it’s just a very easy and pleasant experience every time.


Ian

We've really enjoying getting back on the water with FBC.  Reserving a boat with the website is simple and convenient, and we always appreciate the option to just call it in as well.  The boats have been ready to go when we are, and we're looking forward to more fun on the water. 


John Kelly

Thanks for a great day on the water. Mike was so helpful, from showing me the boat to helping me load it up, giving me maps of the area, letting me know places to go and what to avoid. A great experience. -John Kelly Freedom Boat Club Member West Palm Beach FL


Member Interview


Ray

Kellie & Keith,

I just wanted to say thanks for all the help getting started with our membership.
Jarod/Kellie are great- very friendly and helpful... our experience at the dock coming home and leaving was fantastic- we even got help getting stuff on and off the boats.
Pretty much a home run- I froze the 8 year olds but other than that- it was great!
Thanks!
Ray Ziegler


Steve Heine

Kellie,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you and the staff at Freedom Boat Club for your professionalism and outstanding service. Our experience has far exceded our expectations and your hard work and dedication are a big reason for that. Having owned a boat before I appreciate the many perks the club has to offer and appreciate the hassle-free boating. Please feel free to use me as a reference anytime. I would be more than happy to share my experience with anyone who may be interested in the club.
Sincerely
Steve Heine 985-652-8284 s_heine@msn.com


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Michael Saia
Membership Director

(985) 792-5115


100 Marina del Ray Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447

Dockmaster/Reservations
(985) 215-9213


Kellie D'Aunoy-Jones
Marketing Director

(985) 215-9213


Brian Gwinnup
Training Director

(850) 218-6381


Marina

Marina del Ray

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.


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