Fairview-Riverside State Park is set along the banks of the Tchefuncte River near Madisonville, not far above its outfall into Lake Pontchartrain. Crystal clear streams make the Tchefuncte River particularly photogenic as it winds through the park. Being so close to the lake, numerous coastal species such as Osprey, Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls, American White Pelican, and Double-crested Cormorant are common at the park. Eastern Kingbird, Barn Swallow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Bluebird, and House Finch are all common nesting species. 

Areas of bottomland hardwoods and cypress swamps are located in the park, adding ecological diversity. An elevated boardwalk leading through a cypress swamp and looping back to the boat landing is a nice spot to watch herons, egrets, and other water birds along the river. Additional birding opportunities in the park include handicapped accessible sidewalks along with the main access road that winds throughout the grounds. 

Also located in the park is the 1885 Otis House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Amenities include picnic and camping sites, a nature trail, a pavilion, a playground, comfort stations, and restrooms. Besides birding, additional outdoor recreational opportunities include hiking/biking, paddling, camping, and fishing. Crabbing in the river is another popular activity. There is an entrance fee to the park. 

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