Lumber River State Park
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Chalk Banks Access Area is open again as of 2-26-15.
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Ice storm damage has been removed from Chalk Banks Access Area and all facilities there are fully open again for visitors to safely enter. Enjoy your visit.
Updated: 2015-02-28 17:18:00
Many new trees have fallen across the river from summer flood.
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Due to much rain during the early and middle part of last summer, which caused the ground to soften around the tree root systems, there are many newly fallen trees along the river. Also, the February 2014 ice storm has likely dropped new trees into the river along with a large amount of major branches that likely have broken off trees and fallen into the river. If you choose to paddle on sections that park staff have not removed trees from, be prepared to have to portage around or over many new trees across the river. The wider sections of the river, such as through Lumberton, and from the Boardman access at US 74 down to the SC state line, and beyond, are some of the better options to boat without having to deal with possibly many trees across the river channel. These are very nice sections to boat on with all of them being part of the NC Natural and Scenic River System and the National Wild & Scenic River System. These sections, along with the section at Chalk Banks from Turnpike Rd. to Hwy 401, have been cleared of trees by park staff. A new down tree or two is possible even on these recently cleared sections. All other sections will very likely have a significant amount of trees to have to portage.
Updated: 2014-08-19 10:53:33
2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum, NC 28369
GPS: 34.390023, -79.002225
Princess Ann 34.390023, -79.002225
Chalks Banks 34.8987, -79.3549
The Lumber River flows through the south-central portion of our state. The river's headwaters are in Montgomery, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties where the waterway is known as Drowning Creek. The creek becomes a river at SR 1412/1203 along the Scotland-Hoke county line, and its waters flow into South Carolina, eventually joining the Little Pee Dee River.
Lumber River State Park contains 11,064 acres of land and 115 miles of state natural and scenic waters, 81 miles of which are also designated national wild and scenic waters. The park's recreation activities are currently centered at two access areas, Princess Ann and Chalk Banks. Princess Ann overlooks a unique reverse flow area named Griffin's Whirl. At the access, a bend in the river opens to a long, straight vista that beckons paddlers to take a ride. Chalk Banks, near the town of Wagram on the upper end of the river, has an interesting mixture of plants, fish, and animals from the sandhills and coastal plains regions.
Note: Due to the fluctuating water level of the Lumber River, canoeists and boaters should exercise caution in planning trips on the river. Add extra time for crossing exposed hazards and sandbars. All float times should include additional time to reach take-out points.