Lumber River

Event Date: 
Fri, Oct 05 (All day) to Sun, Oct 07 (All day)

Contact Information: Jerry Weston most mornings or (home and checked in the afternoons before 5:00 p.m.) or 336-856-1431. Telephone calls before 9:00 PM please.

When:             Friday October 5 through Sunday October 7, 2012
Details:           Lumber River (Southeastern NC).  Car/kayak riverside camp.  Rated easy.  This is a slow-moving, flat, black water river that rarely exceeds 100 ft in width.  No particular kayaking skills required.
We will meet Friday afternoon at the Princess Ann Access, Lumber River State Park.   This is one of the nicest campgrounds I have seen.  Eight or ten primitive sites on the river, gravel pads, lantern hook, bathhouse.  Reservations are $10.
The Lumber meanders through southeastern NC eventually joining the Little Pee Dee River in SC.  It is the only black water river in NC designated as a Federal Wild and Scenic River, has been a national canoe trail since 1978 and a state park since 1989.  The lower section we will do, particularly after Fair Bluff, twists through cypress swamps and bottomland hardwood forests.  At this time of the year there will be many, beautiful white sand beaches.  The SC section has the only turn-table “drawbridge” I have ever seen.  The turntable is no longer operable but is a fascinating sight to paddle under.  There is almost no visible development along the river.  Average temperature for Fair Bluff for September is 62 and 86 degs and for October is 49 and 77 deg.
  The park is open until 7:00 p.m. Friday night is a “car camp”.  You will need to confirm with the ranger that you can walk in after 7:00 (about a third of a mile from the highway to the camp sites), though after dark would make more difficult to find and set camp.  If the Park permits, you can join us late.
For those who can arrive early Friday afternoon there will be a short, four or five mile paddle upstream and back down to Princess Ann.
Saturday we set the shuttle for Nichols, approximately 50 miles/1:20 round-trip, and then leave the Park.  Princess Ann to Fair Bluff is 11.3 river miles.  Fair Bluff to Nichols is 16.4 river miles.  Saturday we will paddle past Fair Bluff, NC, and set a riverside camp in the late afternoon.
Sunday we arrive in Nichols around 1:00 p.m., undo the shuttle and return home.
Group size is limited.  More information on the Sierra Club web page  $25 refundable-at-the-river deposit required.
Directions: More details and maps upon inquiry.  Located south of Lumberton and 12 miles east of Fairmont.