Rules & Regulations


Make your first visit a safe and rewarding experience. Some of our rules are posted at the Lumber River State park for the protection of our river and visitors. Help preserve our natural resources by observing the following:
  • Permits are required for overnight parking.
  • Hunting and trapping are not permitted.
  • Do not feed or frighten animals.
  • Fishing regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.
  • Do not litter; maintain a clean environment by placing trash in proper containers. State law requires that aluminum cans be placed in recycling containers.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated areas.
  • Firearms and fireworks are not permitted.
  • The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed.
  • North Carolina motor vehicle and traffic laws apply in the park.
  • Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • Camp in designated areas by permit only. Campers must register with a ranger or at a registration box.
  • State parkland is scattered along 115 miles of the river; when traveling the waterway, respect the rights of private-property owners and avoid trespassing on private land along the river banks.

Safety First

Wear a life vest at all times. Leave a float plan with a friend. The plan should include your beginning and end destinations, the total number of people on the trip and the trip's time frame. Check the forecast before making a trip, and be prepared for changing weather. Bring extra gear:
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Map
  • Sunscreen
  • First-aid kit
  • Extra sunglasses
  • Matches
Store these supplies in a watertight floating container. If boating in the winter or in cooler weather, take precautions to avoid hypothermia. Be cautious of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac: they may be present in fallen trees, stumps and along the riverbanks. Never boat alone, 3 canoes are the preferred minimum. Be a competent swimmer, capable of handling yourself underwater as well as on the water.

Have a frank knowledge of your boating ability, and don't canoe waters beyond your ability. Test new and unfamiliar equipment. Secure a strong painter (rope) at least 10 feet long to the bow and stern of your craft. Don't overload; center your load, and place heavier items on bottom. If you spill: be aware of your responsibility to assist your partner. Hold on to your boat; it has flotation and is easy for rescuers to spot. Becalm, but not complacent. If others spill: go after the boater; rescue his boat only if this can be done safely.