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It begins as the Black River below Angier, NC and flows into Rhodes Mill Pond between Dunn, NC and Fayetteville, NC, leaves this pond as the Black River under I-95 and joins Mingo Swamp and becomes the South River north of Falcon, NC and above Green Path Road. From Green Path Road near Falcon, which is section 1 in "Paddling Eastern North Carolina with Paul Ferguson", until it runs into the Black River below Ivanhoe, NC approximately 79.8 miles, however the next take out point on this river is Beatty's Bridge on the Black River.
A paddle trip was held Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 by the Lumber River Canoe Club with some members from Friends of Sampson County Waterways. This was both clubs first trip of the New Year.
The section we paddled was Section 10 of Ferguson's book referenced above. We covered 13.5 miles and averaged about 3.4 miles per hour with the takeout being at the Corbett House, made famous in the movie Rambling Rose starring Robert Duval some years back.
There is no water gauge on the South River and I believe the gauge on the Black River was 5.55 ft with a cfs of 600.
There were no portages and plenty of current with only one tree to bump over. The weather was cool and stayed in the 40s with an on and off light rain and mist all day. Beautiful section but can be braided and swampy prior to running into the Black River. There were 3 canoes and 7 kayaks that made this trip and no wildlife was reported other than bird life. Development on this river is at a minimum with a few cabins.
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