Details for Madisonville Wall

Madisonville Wall

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 5.0 stars from 7 reviews

Address Madisonville, LA 70447


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Madisonville



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Follow the well-marked range from the lake (use the range, not your chart) for 6+ feet at low water, then along the red channel markers until inside the river. Proceed up to the swing bridge and you will see the city wall on your port side.





Tide & current additional info

Current in the Tchefuncte is minimal except during rain events, when it can get fairly strong. Note that the wind has more effect on water level than the one foot tide swing; a north or west wind will lower the level here while a south or east wind will raise it.


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 11
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: The shallowest water is in the approach channel from the lake, which can be as low as six feet at low tide with a north wind. Once in the river depths increase to 10-20 feet and there is good depth alongside the dock. If you can get into the Tchefuncte, you can tie anywhere on the wall.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Concrete quay with a wood fenderboard and unevenly spaced wood pilings. Tie alongside.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $10 per night. You must go to the Town Hall, 403 St. Francis Street, to pay your fee and get a permit to display in the window. A stay of up to three nights is permitted, then you must leave for at least 24 hours.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: $10 per night.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water is available but it is hard to spot. There are hose bibs recessed into the ground just inboard of the seawall. The recesses fill with acorns and the bibs become invisible. Look for shallow depressions in the ground spaced around a hundred feet or so apart. Two bibs at each location.

Dinghy access

Yes - You can tie a dinghy here but it is a long step up to the quay. A few recessed stairs leading into the water are available.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info: Pets are not allowed in the park area immediately adjacent to the quay. Presumably you would be allowed to take them to and from your vessel but you will need to find a different place to walk them.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out





Yes - Trash barrels are spaced throughout the city park adjacent to the quay.








Yes - Gas station and convience store at the west end of the bridge.



Yes - There are two good resaurants facing the waterfront. They are slighly expesive, but have a few tems in the $7 to $11 range. Both serve alcohol. There is also a pizza delivey place about 2 blocks up the highway.


Yes - Nice bar facing the water at the corner of Water St. and the highway.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - At the Route 22 gas station and mini-mart on the corner of Main and Mulberry, about three blocks.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Sprint and Verizon both have good 4G signal here. WiFi is available at the Abita Coffee Roasting Company cafe at the north end of Water Street.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum is a short walk from the quay,

Reviews for Madisonville Wall
Wonderful visit.., 2017-02-03
Captain: , Milton, GA (322)

We visited Madisonville in October 2016 as part of a transit from TX to the Bahamas aboard our 44 Antares sailing catamaran. We had a few mechanical issues - found a great Yanmar mechanic, David Burke, with Moonlight Marine. I highly recommend David. Due to our mechanical issues, we also met Mayor Jean Pelloat, whom was very courteous and helpful in allowing us to extend our stay on the Wall until we completed our repairs. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - lovely town, great restaurants, really nice people. HIGHLY recommend.

Great boater-friendly town, 2017-01-20
Captain: , United States (3192)

We spent nearly two weeks here, making three separate three-day visits (you must leave the dock for 24 hours after three days; we anchored in the river). The folks at Town Hall who take your $10/night payment were very nice and we had a great stay.

We learned on our second stay that the power pedestals nerest the seawall are only live during the Wooden Boat Festival. The four larger electrical boxes closer to the street (two on each side of the bridge) are hot all the time. Even then, some recepticles were inoperative. Water is availablebut hard to spot, recessed into the ground at intervals along the seawall.

Several restaurants are a short walk; we liked Water Street Bistro for fine dining, Lighthouse Pizza for pizza and beer, Orlandos for seafood, and the Thai place was also good but has no liquor license. Two convience stores are a block away; one has bait and tackle. A small Piggly Wiggly and an Ace Hardware are a half mile walk.

We found Madisonville to be very boater-friendly and it had everything we needed for a nice stay. We'll be back.

Nice Small Town, 2016-06-04
Captain: , Slidell, La. (1148)

Stayed 3 nights. Pilings are low for higher rub rails. Power was good although some pole didn't work. Couldn't fine the water that others mentioned. Easy walk to Museum. Nice ride up the river. Lighthouse pizza was really good and has outside seating for pets. Will return.

Fantastic Place to Tie Up For a Couple of Days, 2015-03-29
Captain: , Port Charlotte FL (221)

The Madisonville riverfront has plenty of docking for at least 20 boats. Power pedestals are limited, but rarely did we ever have a problem with being able to plug in. Water faucets are also available. Several restaurants and bars are just across the street. A grocery store and Ace Hardware is about a half mile walk.

This is a very protected place to tie up and it is in a no-wake zone that most other boaters abide to.

One of the last "free walls", 2013-01-08
Captain: , Louisiana (554)

Dockage is free, with a 48 hour limit. 30/50 amp power is available for $10/nite. Bring 50-100' of power cords to reach the power pedestals. there are 2 pedestals below the bridge, and 1 pedestal above the bridge. All dockage is first come, but the town will allow two-deep rafting. For the summer weekends, most boats arrive by Friday afternoon.
Stayed there again on 1/4/2013. Large pilings will keep you off the wall, so you might want to use fender boards. Morton's restaurant is now open after Hurricane Issac (7' of storm surge), but Friends restaurant was severely damaged & remains closed.

Great view, Restaurants and Bar, 2012-08-08
Captain: , Slidell, LA (71)

Spent 2 nights with 50amp service, next to an oak tree covered pavilion with another boat August 3-5, 2012. Pets on a leash are ok. Beautiful views of a sleepy small town on a Cypress tree lined river. Restaurants have great seafood and the bar has bands on the weekends.

Beautiful area, trees, restaurants. No pets., 2011-02-21
Captain: , Louisiana (264)

Very limited electrical, can tie to the wall and run generator at no charge. For $10 per night you can have 30/50 amp service. Weekends are usually filled up. Town Hall is across the street, pay and get a sticker.

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