(Madisonville, LA)

Abita Roasting Co. Madisonville


It all starts with the freshly roasted coffee … with great attention to quality and flavor.  To compliment our great coffee, we have an excellent assortment of fresh pastries, breakfast, sandwiches, salads, deserts, tea, wine & beer.  
Dubbed as “Madisonville’s Living Room” – you can expect friendly company and a view that is second-to-none.

Coquilles River and Rye

Coquilles River and Rye is Madisonville's newest riverside restaurant. Looking to grab a great bite to eat? We are OPEN! Come pass a good time on the river with us!


Gourmet Empanadas, Tacos & More

Friends Coastal Restaurant

Sprawling eatery on the water with classic American fare & seafood, plus a bar, live music & a deck.

Morton's Seafood Restaurant & Bar

Upscale chain for aged prime beef, seafood & other traditional steakhouse fare in a clubby space.

Skooters Grill & Yogurt


We are located in the heart of Madisonville, La. The Tchefuncte River is a block away, great area for boating, and many marinas to launch or store your boat. We have many customers tie up at the dock and have lunch with us. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is a couple of blocks from us, where you can learn about the great history of our town. So after dining with us take a walk by the river, visit the museum and come back for dessert you will leave with great memories.                                                            

 I am giving you a personal invitation to visit us for a meal.  I pride myself in only serving the best quality food and providing a clean and inviting dining experience.  I personally guarantee your satisfaction whether you order one of our breakfast meals, juicy burgers for lunch or a fresh, frozen yogurt for dessert it’s all good you won’t be disappointed. Great food, good price and fast service! 

T Rivers Bar

T Rivers has been a part of the community for many years and originally started off as a bait shop along the Tchefuncte River, servicing the local fisherman and crabbers. The original building was battered several times by hurricanes throughout the years, until it was finally destroyed by Hurricane Issac in 2012. Since then we have rebuilt the local hotspot into a multi-level live music venue with around 7,000 square feet of entertainment area, boasting live bands, DJs, karaoke, and comedy shows.  The new T Rivers Bar also serves food, with over 12 different types of burgers, as well as boudin, alligator, fried okra, seafood boils, and more.  So whenever your in town come stop by and grab a cold drink and check out the live entertainment.  Sit out on our huge dock, covered patio, or upstairs deck and enjoy watching the boats go by while keeping cool with the breeze coming off of the lake.  T Rivers Bar has been a staple for the surrounding area for many years and we are proud to keep the tradition going!

Waterstreet Bistro

Owners and operators Tony and Constance Monroe serve up Amercian Creole cuisine in a quaint bistro setting.​

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.

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

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.

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Devin Wood
Membership Executive

(251) 265-7001

(850) 497-0130

100 Marina Del Ray Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447

Jon Zeravsky


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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