2019 Packraft Roundup


APA will be hosting the sixth annual Packraft Roundup along the banks of the south fork of the Payette River at Hot Springs Campground in the Boise National Forest near Garden Valley, Idaho on July 18-21, 2019.

Registration: $100 per person aged 14 and over. Children 13 years and under are free.

Camping: Our base of operations this year will be at Hot Springs Campground Group Sites #1 and #2. Camping is included in your registration fee for the nights of July 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21. Feel free to arrive on July 17 before the Roundup start date of July 18, and depart on Monday the 21st after the Roundup is over. Check-in for camping is after 2:00pm on the 17th, and check-out is before noon on the 21st. The group sites feature picnic and serving tables, grills and campfire circles with benches, vault toilets, drinking water, and trash collection. Please do your part to make the Roundup eco-friendly by minimizing your waste! The south fork of the Payette River and a natural hot spring soaking pool are located immediately across the road from the campground. Because of proximity to the highway, some noise from passing traffic is to be expected.

Parking: Parking is unfortunately limited at the campsites to only 50 cars this year. RVs up to 35 feet can be accommodated. Overflow parking may be available in the hot springs parking area across the highway. Please try your best to carpool to the Roundup this year.

Saturday Dinner: APA hopes to provide a BBQ dinner for all Roundup participants on Saturday night with both carnivorous and vegetarian options. To minimize waste, please provide your own reusable plates, bowls, and utensils.

Rivers and Outings: There are many world-class river runs within an hour drive of our basecamp on the forks of the Payette River. Stretches ranging from Class 2 to 4 abound. APA will be offering a limited number of volunteer-led outings on the easier stretches. Boaters interested in paddling class 3 rivers and above should plan on arranging private outings among themselves, or hiring a professional guide. Numerous natural hot springs pools can be found along the Banks-Lowman Highway, also known as the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway. Inflatable, non-motorized watercraft under 10 feet long are the ONLY vessels exempt from purchasing an Idaho State Invasive Species Sticker. Packrafts 10 feet and longer must have the Invasive Species Sticker.

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Workshops: TBA

Swiftwater Safety: If you have not already, please plan on attending a swiftwater safety course prior to the Roundup. Swiftwater Safety Institute will be offering a two-day packraft-specific swiftwater rescue course immediately prior to the Roundup, based at Hot Springs Campground Group Site #2. The dates are July 16-17, 2019. Please click here for details and registration information, although registration is not yet open for these courses.

Pets at the Roundup: Well-behaved pets are welcome at Hot Springs Campground for the APA Roundup. Please either keep your pet leashed, or under voice control at all times. Pets and owners are expected to be respectful of other participants’ space and belongings. If your pet is unruly, excessively loud, or harming others’ belongings, you may be asked to leave. Remember to bring your own bags for waste pick-up, and a leash for large group gatherings if you plan to bring your pet to those.

Roundup Sponsors: We are extremely thankful to our generous event sponsors (2018 sponsors are listed below) who donate copious amounts of product for our event auction and raffle. These gifts help us cover the cost of the event and provide APA with needed funding for our work on behalf of packrafters worldwide.

Questions?: Email us at roundup@packraft.org. If you would like to make travel or trip arrangements with other Rounduppers, post your questions and offers on the APA Roundup Facebook Page.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2019 Roundup for another amazing event!

Sign up now! (Registration will open soon)


APA would like to express sincere appreciation to the organizations and businesses that have supported us and our programs such as the Packraft Roundup and the APA Outings Program. Special thanks to the American Canoe Association for underwriting our events and providing organizational guidance.

Level 1 Sponsors

Level 2 Sponsors

Level 3 Sponsors

Level 4 Sponsors

Contact Us

American Packrafting Association

PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014