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Paddle to the Sea! 

Friends of the River has been involved in protecting the Tuolumne River since our early days and we with support our members were key partners in securing federal Wild & Scenic status for the stretch above New Don Pedro Reservoir.

pts wwrunThis year FOR has been generously extended an incredible opportunity by the Tuolumne River Trust to help bring public attention to this gem of the Sierra's and raise funds needed to continue Friends of the River's conservation work on Tuolumne. With the relicensing of New Don Pedro Dam now in progress, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to restore not only some of the majesty of this river - we have a chance to improve flows for fish and people.

pts canWhat is Paddle to the Sea?
Paddle to the Sea is an epic Paddle-A-Thon down the Tuolumne River organized by our friends at the Tuolumne River Trust. The trip goes from just outside Yosemite National Park through the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay. Paddlers raise money and awareness to help protect and restore the Tuolumne while communities celebrate the river along the way.

When is it?
Paddle to the Sea is a month long Paddle-A-Thon and runs from May 6 - June 4. While some people do the entire trip, most join in for a day or two.

pts girlWhat does it mean to be on the FOR team?
This year Friends of the River supporters who participate in Paddle to the Sea can sign up for the FOR Team. Through our special arrangement with the Tuolumne River Trust, you get to experience a lovely trip on one of our favorite rivers while raising money to support the important work of FOR. Any money you raise over $100 will go directly to Friends of the River!

What if I'm not an experienced rafter, boater or kayaker?
Beginners are welcome! There are many different ways that you can participate on the water, visit  to learn more.

I want to sign up, what do I do now?
It's easy to register. Just visit the Paddle to the Sea web site. Then:

  1. Click on the Register button.
  2. Click on Join a Team.
  3. Under Fundraising Information, where the drop down menu says "Select a team to join", select Friends of the River. You can then point your friends to the FOR Team Site to sponsor you.

You can read the descriptions of the segments below and we hope to see you on the Tuolumne!

Paddle to the Sea runs from May 6 - June 4 
Beginners are welcome  
Many options for paddling    

Whitewater raft the Wild & Scenic Tuolumne - May 6-7
Kickoff Paddle to the Sea with a professionally guided 2-day whitewater rafting trip down the classic Tuolumne Class IV run with our partner ARTA River Trips. Given all the rain and snow this year, expect big water and a rollicking good time!  Rafters and kayakers with the appropriate skills and equipment are welcome to come along on a private permit for a much reduced fee.

Float or Canoe the Lower Tuolumne - May 14-24
Due to heavy rainfall and expected high flows, we will once again be offering rafts for the first three legs on the Lower Tuolumne. On May 14, 15, & 20 you have the option of an easy float down these beautiful stretches Lower T.  Canoeing days are available May 20-24.

Paddle the Delta - June 1-3
Three big days of paddling high performance water craft through the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas.

Sea kayak the San Francisco Bay - June 4
Experienced sea kayakers will cross the bay from Oakland to SF, where beginners are then welcome to join them for the final leg around the SF waterfront.  A big thank you to our partners at California Canoe and Kayak who have generously donated the use of their sea kayaks for the final two legs of the trip.

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