2020 Packraft Roundup


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the face of responsible recreation across the country this summer. APA is doing our part, and we are postponing this year’s Packraft Roundup until summer 2021 out of concern for the health of our attendees, volunteers, and nearby communities.

If you have already registered, your Roundup registration will automatically transfer over to next year’s Roundup, and you will not be charged any increase in the registration fee for next year’s event. We are also happy to issue a refund, but hope you will consider supporting APA by keeping your registration in place. The Roundup is APA’s annual fundraiser, supporting projects such as packrafting safety videos, much needed updates to the APA forum, and conservation action on behalf of the Arctic Refuge. If you would like to request a refund, we understand — please email info@packraft.org to let us know.

With the understanding that the APA is postponing the 2020 Roundup, APA’s training partner SSI feels it is still possible to safely run the packraft training course that was scheduled to take place immediately prior the the Roundup (July 28-29). The health and safety of all participants and instructors is at the forefront of this decision. SSI has implemented a stringent screening process and COVID-19 Best Management Practices framework, allowing them to create a comfortable learning environment for small group instruction. SSI will issue a statement to all registered course participants during the week of 5/24 to go over options and procedures. To review SSI’s COVID-19 Best Management Practices please visit their website (www.swiftwatersafetyinstitute.com).

While it’s disappointing not to be able to gather our tribe for a larger event this summer, we hope you find plenty of opportunities to enjoy packrafting on personal and small group trips. APA is encouraging packrafters to recreate close to home, avoid popular places and times, and plan trips well within their abilities. Research area closures and other restrictions ahead of time, and follow applicable Federal, State, County and City guidelines.

Please contact us at info@packraft.org with any questions.

Be well, and stay safe out there!

American Packrafting Association


APA will be hosting the seventh 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 30th- August 2nd. The event is hosted in partnership with the American Canoe Association (ACA)

Registration:  (ON HOLD) Early registration is $100, with the price increasing to $125 on May 10th. The Packraft Roundup is APA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and supports our work in conservation, access and education.  Please note that  we are not able to offer refunds for cancellations. Thank you for your understanding!

Camping: Our base of operations this year will again be at Hot Springs Campground  (here is the exact location) This year we have an extra Group Site, so we have all three Group Sites.  Camping is included in your registration fee for the nights of July 29, 30,31, August 1st and 2nd.  Feel free to arrive on July 29 before the Roundup start date of July 30th, and depart on Monday the 3rd after the Roundup is over. Check-in for camping is after 2:00 pm on the 29th, and check-out is before noon on the 3rd. The group sites feature picnic and serving tables, grills and campfire circles with benches, vault toilets, drinking water.

Trash: Please do your part to make the Roundup eco-friendly by minimizing your waste!

Parking: Parking is unfortunately limited at the campsites. RVs up to 35 feet can be accommodated, please be aware there is a $20 charge for folks bringing RV’s or Trailers as they take extra parking spaces. There are 4 spaces for RV’s, allocated on a first come first served basis.   Please try your best to carpool to the Roundup this year.

Saturday Dinner: APA will provide a catered 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 from our basecamp on the South Fork of the Payette River. Stretches ranging from Class 2 to 4 abound. See the Map Page.  APA will be offering a limited number of volunteer-led ACA sanctioned outings on the easier stretches. Boaters interested in paddling class 3 rivers and above should plan on arranging private outings among themselves.  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.

Swiftwater Safety: If you have not already taken a Swiftwater safety course, there is an opportunity to take a course one 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 28-29, 2019. Please click here for details on how to register, and note that you will need $10 cash on arrival for the campsites on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

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 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 info@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 2020 Roundup for another amazing event!


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.

Diamond Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Friends of the Roundup

  • Andrew Skurka
  • Garage Grown Gear
  • Mountain Laurel Designs

Contact Us

American Packrafting Association

PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014