Lumber River - Harpers Ferry Landing

Pembroke, North Carolina

Harpers Ferry Landing is one of the older documented crossings of Drowning Creek as the blackwater river was commonly known before a NC General Assembly law formally named it the Lumber RIver in 1809. The waterway has long been called the Lumbee River by the local Indigenous and other communities throughout the region.

James Lowrie, a prominent forefather of the local Lumbee and Tuscarora Indian communities, built a tavern during the Revolutionary War at the location of the established ferry crossing. On July 18, 1886, Harpers Ferry Missionary Baptist Church (south side of the river near landing) was established at the site preaching held at a brush arbor. The first building was built in 1887 on an acre of land, and later that year, the church petitioned the all-Indian Burnt Swamp Baptist Association for membership. Subsequent church sanctuaries were built in 1936 and 1970, with a family life center constructed 1987. There are two church cemeteries, one across from the church on the north side of the Lumber River, and a newer section south of the church along Hwy 710.

In addition to being the site of a historic ferry, tavern and church community, the landing site has long been known as a gathering place, boat landing, fishing spot, location for baptisms, and other recreational, social and cultural activities.

Note: The section of the river is fast moving and the landing location is posted "No Swimming"/"At Your Own Risk".

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 22nd, 2022. Winyah Rivers Alliance - Waccamaw Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 24th, 2022 at 4:18 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Lumber River - Harpers Ferry Landing is sampled weekly from June 15th to September 1st.

Source Information

The Lumber Riverkeeper, a program of Winyah Rivers Alliance, monitors water quality in the Lumber River Watershed. The program provides weekly sampling during the summer recreation season.

Samples are collected on Wednesdays and results are posted once available. The Lumber Riverkeeper Swim Guide Program uses the EPA water quality criteria for contact recreation for E. coli. Waters are considered healthy when E. coli concentrations are less than 235 MPN/100 mL in freshwater. E. coli is a fecal indicator bacteria used to identify potential health risks for people using the waters for recreation.

Sites are marked green when the last sample was below the criteria of 235 MPN/100 mL. Sites are marked red when the last sample was above the criteria of 235 MPN/100 mL. Sites are marked grey when there are no current results or available information.

The data published here provides a general guide to the health of the Lumber River and does not guarantee it is safe for swimming at all times. E. coli levels can change at any time and frequently increase after rain events.

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Water Quality Graph

Lumber River - Harpers Ferry Landing

Pembroke, North Carolina

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 22nd, 2022. Winyah Rivers Alliance - Waccamaw Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 24th, 2022 at 4:18 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Harpers Ferry Landing is one of the older documented crossings of Drowning Creek as the blackwater river was commonly known before a NC General Assembly law formally named it the Lumber RIver in 1809. The waterway has long been called the Lumbee River by the local Indigenous and other communities throughout the region.

James Lowrie, a prominent forefather of the local Lumbee and Tuscarora Indian communities, built a tavern during the Revolutionary War at the location of the established ferry crossing. On July 18, 1886, Harpers Ferry Missionary Baptist Church (south side of the river near landing) was established at the site preaching held at a brush arbor. The first building was built in 1887 on an acre of land, and later that year, the church petitioned the all-Indian Burnt Swamp Baptist Association for membership. Subsequent church sanctuaries were built in 1936 and 1970, with a family life center constructed 1987. There are two church cemeteries, one across from the church on the north side of the Lumber River, and a newer section south of the church along Hwy 710.

In addition to being the site of a historic ferry, tavern and church community, the landing site has long been known as a gathering place, boat landing, fishing spot, location for baptisms, and other recreational, social and cultural activities.

Note: The section of the river is fast moving and the landing location is posted "No Swimming"/"At Your Own Risk".

Monitoring Frequency

Lumber River - Harpers Ferry Landing is sampled weekly from June 15th to September 1st.

Source Information

The Lumber Riverkeeper, a program of Winyah Rivers Alliance, monitors water quality in the Lumber River Watershed. The program provides weekly sampling during the summer recreation season.

Samples are collected on Wednesdays and results are posted once available. The Lumber Riverkeeper Swim Guide Program uses the EPA water quality criteria for contact recreation for E. coli. Waters are considered healthy when E. coli concentrations are less than 235 MPN/100 mL in freshwater. E. coli is a fecal indicator bacteria used to identify potential health risks for people using the waters for recreation.

Sites are marked green when the last sample was below the criteria of 235 MPN/100 mL. Sites are marked red when the last sample was above the criteria of 235 MPN/100 mL. Sites are marked grey when there are no current results or available information.

The data published here provides a general guide to the health of the Lumber River and does not guarantee it is safe for swimming at all times. E. coli levels can change at any time and frequently increase after rain events.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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