Wooden Boat Festival

Every year the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum pays tribute to the hand crafted wooden boats of the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of boats will line the banks of the Tchefuncte River as 30,000+ wooden boat enthusiasts come to celebrate the wonders of wood and water.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum

“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 LPBMM takes you on a historic journey through maritime Louisiana.

WBF History

Every year since 1990, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, hosts a tribute to the hand crafted wooden boats that made Louisiana’s maritime history and culture unique. Hundreds of boats will line the banks of the Tchefuncte River as over 30,000 attendees enjoy wooden boats, music, activities, and cajun cuisine. The Wooden Boat Festival funds the dynamic educational programs of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and restoration of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse. If you would like information about becoming a sponsor, please contact the museum at (985) 845-9200.

WBF Volunteers

The success of the Wooden Boat Festival is dependent on the help of dedicated volunteers. We would like to thank our hard working volunteers who help make the Wooden Boat Festival the best ever. We are grateful for your time and support of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. If you would like to volunteer at the 28th Wooden Boat Festival in 2017 click the link provided below.

 Click here to go to the Volunteers application page


Website Design & Images by Jim Kubik

The 2017 Wooden Boat Festival website was expertly designed by Jim Kubik, Owner of homesitetech.net. Jim is a boat enthusiast, boat builder and dedicated volunteer of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. The 2017 Wooden Boat Festival website is truly state-of-the-art, utilizing GPS mapping, and a behind the scenes database that tracks everything from vendors to entertainment to our spectacular wooden boats. Many thanks to Jim for his commitment to the Museum and his expert skills in programming, web design and photography. You can contact Jim by email at jim@homesitech.net


Images by Anthony "Chopper" Leone  

Many of the images on this website have been taken and provided by Anthony "Chopper" Leone. We would like to thank Mr. Chopper for all the donated time and effort that went into his photography at the Wooden Boat Festival. Mr. Chopper also has many beautiful Tchefuncte River Lighthouse images for sale at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. If you would like more information about Anthony "Chopper" Leone's photography, please contact the museum at (985) 845-9200 or visit Chopper's website at http://chopperimages.com/.