Fairview-Riverside State Park is a Louisiana state park that encompasses a total area of 99 acres of land in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana and under the management of the Louisiana Office of State Parks. To gain access to the park, visitors can find their way off LA 22 and about two miles east of Madisonville in Saint Tammany Parish and on the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
Several attractions make Fairview-Riverside State Park a unique place for visitors to come. First, the park is in a beautiful area that is amidst moss-draped oaks and woodlands that are on the bank of the Tchefuncte River. Secondly, the park has historical and cultural significance owing to the Otis House.
The Otis House was developed in the 1880s as the family home of a sawmill owner. In the 1930s the house was purchased and renovated by Frank Otis who lived there until his death in 1962. After that, the property was left to the state and developed for use as a recreational site for visitors. The Otis House was later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
Today, some of the other attractions that lure visitors into Fairview-Riverside State Park include museum tours, camping, and fishing. There are a lot of facilities and conveniences that visitors to the park can enjoy including 20 tent sites, playground, 22 premium campsites (all with water and electric hookups), 59 improved campsites, picnic area, group shelters, fishing pier, comfort stations, boat launch (nearby), and a museum.
Dogs are allowed into Fairview-Riverside State Park but under some restriction. The basic limits are as follows. First, dog owners should be aware of the areas of the park that they are allowed to visit when they are with their dog. Secondly, in areas of the park that dogs can venture into, the dog owner should keep their pooch on a leash that is not more than six feet long.