Lumber River

Lumberton, North Carolina 28360

Lumber River

Lumber River Professional Review and Guide

"Lumber River State Park owns more than 7,000 acres along the river. The park has a major access area at Princess Ann and has plans for others. The floodplain is mainly a cypress, tupelo-gum, and water oak swamp forest. Above the perennially wet lands, loblolly pine and many varieties of hardwoods are found. Rare and endangered plants grow in the river corridor. The insect-eating Venus flytrap also grows here. Wildlife is diverse. Deer, beaver, mink, raccoon, ducks, and wild turkey are common. Alligators and black bear are sometimes seen.

The area is an important habitat for the endangered bald eagle and red-cockaded woodpecker. Newly fallen trees are common. At low water, there are often downed trees across the river that would be submerged at higher flows; but at higher flows the current increases, and good boat control is necessary to avoid being swept into overhanging trees and bushes. Overnight canoe camping is popular. Lumber River State Park provides seven paddle-in camping areas, and their master plan calls for others to be developed. Except at Princess Ann, there is no fee or permit required to use the paddle-in camping areas."

Lumber River Reviews

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Top few miles of the river, starting at Turnpike Road, was not too bad, but the further south we (twelve 11-16 year old scouts and two adults) got, the more trees we had to negotiate. Campsite at Jasper's Memory was trashed! Broken beer bottles everywhere was not exactly the best location for a scout troop to spend a night. Last few miles into HWY 71 in Maxton, it seemed we spent more time negotiating downed trees than paddling!
Section 1 Update: The estimated minimum on the USGS Drowing Creek near Hoffman gauge is noted as 200 cfs (3.8 ft). On an October 2005 trip at 70 cfs (2.1 ft), only two downed trees had to be portaged. There were many trees requiring ducking under. The last few miles from Chalk Banks to US 401 were clear of paddling obstructions. Update: Lumber River State Park has opened the Chalk Banks Access. The access road connects to US 401, 0.3 miles west of the bridge toward Wagram. There is parking and river access at the end of the two-mile road. There is a drive-in campground, but it is not near the river. From the Section 1 put-in at Turnpike Road, the Chalk Banks boat access is at mile 5.6. The canoe-in camping area is at mile 5.9.

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Trail Information

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Class I
Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Contacts
USGS Silver Hill, Wagram, Wakulla, Maxton, Pembroke, McDonald, SW Lumberton, NW Lumberton, SE Lumberton, Evergreen, Fairmont, Fair Bluff, Lake View, Nichols (SC)
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Jul 2018