Lumber River State Park
As of 6/11/13 the Lumber River is above flood stage. At 1:0pm on 6/18/13 the river was at 12.9 ft., and rising again, on the USGS gauge in Lumberton, which has a flood stage of 13.00 ft. This is from a crest of 15.41. Under the current weather forecast it is expected to remain near or above flood stage for the next 4-6 days on the lower end of the river. Due to significant rain last night the river is currently rising again at Princess Ann and is at about 8.25 ft. on the USGS gauge at Boardman.
The river is at 10.18 ft. and falling, from a high of about 12.6 ft. on the USGS gauge in Maxton.
At these levels the swift, very strong current makes boating dangerous. Park staff does not recommend boating, or participating in any other aquatic activities, on the river when it is above flood stage. All park guided canoe and kayak trips have been cancelled until further notice. Those who have signed up for these trips will be updated by park staff when conditions allow trips to resume. Anyone choosing to boat in these dangerous conditions should do so with extreme caution due to a much stronger than normal current.
Updated: 2013-06-18 13:20:32
Princess Ann campsites 7 & 8 are closed due to high water across the trail leading to them.
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Princess Ann campsites 7 & 8 are closed due to high water on the trail leading to these campsites. The water previously over a small amount of this trail had begun to recede but a very large amount of rain last night has caused the river to rise higher on the trail today, 6/18/18, and further large amounts of rainfall expected over the next two days will likely raise the river water on the trail even higher.
Updated: 2013-06-18 13:20:32
2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum, NC 28369
GPS: 34.390023, -79.002225
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 9,234 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.