Lumber River trip report
- Last weekend the Lumber River Canoe Club did a trip from Fair Bluff,
NC down to Rice Field Cove, in South Carolina, which is near Nichols.
Some paddlers did an overnighter, and some did the paddle as a
daytrip. The distance was about 16 miles for the campers and Jim
Dupree, who went from Fair Bluff to Rice Field Cove as a daytrip.
Paddlers were Jim and Mia McDermott, dogs Schmidt and Mazie, Mary
Martha Vaught, Jim Dupree, Don Meece, Charles West, Marshall
Thompson, Mary Florian, Tom Florian, Conan(dog), and myself, Grant
Florian. Jim Dupree, Mary, Tom, Charles, Don, and me paddled from
Fair Bluff. The others started at Griffin's Landing, further south,
and paddled to Rice Field Cove as a daytrip. We all met up at
lunchtime and ate together. At Watermelon Bluff the overnighters
stayed behind and camped on the riverbank. The water was a bit too
high for sand bars, which are good to camp on on this section of
river when it is a bit lower. At Watermelon Bluff we talked with some
fisherman and later some hunters who were setting up a deer stand.
From the hunters we heard stories about 20 ft alligators in the
Little Peedee and other amazing things. They were all nice, and we
didn't have any problems even though the campsite connected to a
road. Later on Charles taught us how to make noises with blades of
grass and our hands. The next day we all paddled to Rice Field Cove
to finish the trip. Wildlife seen were herons, anhingas, horseflies,
hornets, and wasp. The sky stayed clear and we only had to deal with
a few motorboats. Overall it was a pretty good trip.