The Lumber River is a 133-mile-long river in south-central North Carolina in the flat Coastal Plain. European settlers first called the river Drowning Creek, which still is the name of its headwater. The waterway known as the Lumber River extends downstream from the Scotland County-Hoke County border to the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

The Lumberton River is the only blackwater river in North Carolina to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River by the Department of the Interior.

In 2009, the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, passed a resolution asking the legislature to return the river to what they said was its traditional Siouan name of Lumbee, for “Dark Water”.

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