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Paddle to DC

A Quest for Clean Water
Ely to Washington D.C. • August 24-December 2, 2014

Paddle to DC: A Quest for Clean Water

A film by Nate Ptacek

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About Paddle to DC

In 2014, Dave and Amy Freeman paddled and sailed on a 101-day, 2,000-mile journey from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington, D.C., to call attention to a proposed sulfide-ore copper mining operation threatening the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Freemans departed Ely by canoe on August 24, 2014, and arrived in Washington, D.C., on December 2, 2014. They made stops in communities along the way, participating in events such as the September 5-7 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Duluth. In Washington, D.C., they participated in a press conference and co-hosted the Youth Outdoor Collaborative, a wilderness and outdoors youth engagement event for nearly 150 area elementary and middle school students. The youth event was organized by the Freeman’s Wilderness Classroom along with Wilderness Inquiry, Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, National Park Trust and National Park Service.

Stories From the Journey




Meet Dave and Amy

Learn more about Dave and Amy Freeman, a pair committed to protecting the Boundary Waters through adventure advocacy.

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A Year in the Wilderness

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