GROVELAND -- Advocates for the Tuolumne River will take to kayaks, canoes and other craft for the fifth annual Paddle to the Sea.
The event will run in stages from May 17 to June 23 between the whitewater stretch near Groveland and the saltwater of San Francisco Bay.
Participants pay $30 per day $15 if they are members of the sponsoring Tuolumne River Trust and must raise at least $100 in donations.
The trust will supply canoes for the Modesto-area portions, which are easy to navigate and open to boaters as young as 7.
Other segments include sailing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and sea kayaking on the bay.
The proceeds will go to river-protection efforts by the trust, which is based in San Francisco and has branch offices in Modesto and Sonora.
The trust works for habitat restoration, education in low-income Modesto neighborhoods near the river, and water conservation in Bay Area cities that use some of the Tuolumne River supply.
A similar event will take place on the American River and merge with the Tuolumne event near the delta.
Paddle to the Sea will kick off in Groveland with a May 18 bluegrass concert by Poor Man's Whiskey. It will be at 4 p.m. at Mountain Sage Nursery, 18653 Main St. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door for adults and teens; they are $10 for age 12 and younger.
More information on Paddle to the Sea is available by calling (888) 994-3344 or going to www.paddletothesea.org.