Big Timber Creek - Description - Course - North Branch

North Branch

The North Branch of Big Timber Creek rises near Albion at an elevation of about 135 feet (41 m), about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from Pine Hill (the hill, not the town, which is nearer), the highest point in southern New Jersey at about 200 feet (61 m). The North Branch flows northwestward 10.1 miles (16.3 km) through several impoundments to Chews Landing and thence to its confluence with the South Branch.

From its origin, the North Branch skirts the northern edge of the world-renowned Pine Valley Golf Club and enters Lekau Lake a mile down. A teardrop-shaped impoundment about third of a mile (0.5 km) long, Lekau Lake lies at an elevation of 76 feet (23 m) in a hollow of the hills. Leaving the lake, the North Branch twines its way a mile northwest, down to 51 feet (15.5 m), and enters Clementon Lake in Clementon, long a recreational mecca for the region. A quarter mile (0.4 km) below the lake Trout Run enters from the east, and a half mile farther on, Gravelly Run. The North Branch then runs more to the west for a mile to Laurel Lake, a sinuous half-mile-long (0.8 km) impoundment which lies at an elevation of about 30 feet (9.1 m). The North Branch continues its westerly course for three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km) below Laurel Lake, turning northward where Mason Run enters from the south. It turns to the westward again after another three-quarters of a mile, immediately after which it receives Signey Run from the north. The North Branch then tends northwestward, widening and slowing a mile along, and, turning west upon receiving Otter Branch from the north a half mile farther down, enters an impoundment at Chews Landing. This impoundment is a consequence of the constriction at the point about a third of a mile (0.5 km) down where the North Branch passes under the Black Horse Pike. The North Branch is now tidal and runs westward through wetlands another mile to its confluence with the South Branch.

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