2017 Packraft Roundup


APA will be hosting the fourth annual Roundup this July 5-8, 2017 in Swan Valley, Idaho at Falls Campground in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Cost sharing for the weekend is $50 per person (kids 13 and under are free), which covers four nights of camping, Saturday night’s BBQ party, keynote speaker’s honorarium, screening of the Wild Rivers Film Tour, and American Canoe Association event membership and insurance. Camping also will be available at the Falls Campground group site on the night of July 4 (check-in at 2pm). This site was reserved courtesy of Roundup participant Alicia Scotter. Thanks Alicia! The campground host may charge a small per-person fee upon arrival. The Roundup will disperse Sunday morning, July 9.

The Roundup is a great place to meet and network with other packrafters, learn about access and conservation issues, share and learn some tips and techniques, help our community with service projects, and of course packraft on the famous rivers of eastern Idaho. Waterways such as South Fork of the Snake, Snake River Canyon, Salt River, McCoy Creek, Bear Creek, Palisades Creek, Pine Creek, Falls River, Henry’s Fork, Teton River, Bitch Creek, and Robinson Creek offer a wide variety of adventurous packrafting for all ability levels. Our themes for this year’s Roundup are camaraderie, safety, and conservation of wild rivers.

Our time window is ideal for packrafting in this part of the northern Rockies because the rivers are past peak, but still rage from snowmelt and a healthy groundwater aquifer on the west side of Yellowstone and the Tetons. The Roundup will be a great jumping off point for personal trips afterward throughout Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho.

Photo by Jim Harris

Swiftwater Rescue Courses: If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend taking a swift-water rescue course in preparation for the Roundup. Rendezvous River Sports still has availability for their one-day ACA Level 3 River Safety & Rescue Course during the Roundup on July 8. Sign up in advance for this course by calling Rendezvous directly at 307-733-2741. Also, Swiftwater Safety Institute is conveniently offering one-day and three-day courses immediately prior to the Roundup, in Jackson Hole, but their courses are sold out. The lucky participants of the SSI courses will need to arrange their own accommodations in Jackson Hole during the courses. Do this soon, as campgrounds and hotels fill quickly during Independence Day holiday. More details below.

Paddling Clinic: Rendezvous River Sports also will be offering packraft paddling clinics during the Roundup in Snake River Canyon for a nominal additional fee! Again, sign up in advance for this clinic by calling Rendezvous directly at 307-733-2741.

Wild Rivers Film Tour: Instead of an amateur film festival as we have done in years past, this year we welcome selections from the 2nd Annual Wild Rivers Film Tour, presented by American Rivers, Rendezvous River Sports, and partners. The festival will feature a half-dozen films to stoke appreciation, inspiration, and adventure; with a running time of just over 90 minutes. The capstone to the evening will be a screening of Our Local Epic, which chronicles early descent pioneers and how the Clarks Fork River was saved from being dammed. Grab a drink, pull up a chair, and cap off the Roundup with a celebration of wild rivers.

Stay tuned…we will send out a schedule as the time approaches. For more information about the Roundup, to share your ideas, or to volunteer, please contact us at info@packraft.org.

Fall Creek Falls near our basecamp

Snake River near our basecamp

Prepare for the roundup:

  1. Sign up!! by clicking HERE.
  2. Review our Roundup equipment list here. Learn about local resources here.
  3. Before you leave home, please print and sign an American Canoe Association release form for each participant in your party, and bring it with you. Check the box for “ACA Event Membership.” Membership is mandatory and included in the Roundup registration fee. Adult form. Minor form.
  4. If you plan to paddle in Wyoming during the swiftwater rescue courses, or on your own, all watercraft must be inspected for Aquatic Invasive Species. Click here for inspection locations and regulations. Inspection decals are NOT required for inflatable watercraft under 10 feet in length in Wyoming or Idaho, but Wyoming requires a free inspection for watercraft under 10 feet in length. Idaho does not require an inspection for watercraft under 10 feet.
  5. If you intend to float rivers or lakes in Grand Teton National Park before or after the Roundup, purchase your $10 boating permit sticker at the Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming. This sticker must be affixed to the port stern (left rear) of your packraft and is required for all paddling in Grand Teton National Park. Please familiarize yourself with GTNP boating regulations.
  6. Like, monitor, and post at Teton Packrafting on Facebook to network with other packrafters for carpooling and organizing trips before or after the Roundup. Also, please join the APA Packraft Roundup Facebook page for Roundup updates.
  7. Our Falls Campground group site can accommodate 150 people and 60 vehicles. It has vault toilets and potable water, but no electricity.


Rendezvous River Sports is offering an ACA Level 3 River Safety & Rescue Course during the Roundup on July 8.

1-Day ACA Level 3 River Safety & Rescue Course
Date: July 8
Cost: $150
Register in advance by calling Rendezvous River Sports directly at 307-733-2471.

Swiftwater Safety Institute is offering one- and three-day Swiftwater Rescue Training courses immediately prior to the Roundup. Participants will need to arrange their own accommodations in Jackson Hole during the course. Do this soon, as campgrounds and hotels fill quickly during Independence Day holiday. **SSI’s courses are full. Contact Swiftwater Safety Institute to get on their waiting list.**

1-day Packraft-Specific Swiftwater Rescue “Crash Course”
Date: July 5
Cost: $85
Register HERE.

3-day Packraft-Specific Swiftwater Rescue Training
Dates: July 3-5
Cost: $300
Register HERE.

Contact Us

American Packrafting Association

PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014

+1 907-947-6437