2019 Packraft Roundup


APA will be hosting the sixth annual Packraft Roundup in partnership with the ACA 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: The event is currently Sold out! Please e-mail info@packraft.org to get on our waiting list.

Please note that at this point we are not able to offer refunds for cancellations. The roundup is a volunteer-organized event and our volunteers are currently very busy. Thank you for your understanding!

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 22nd after the Roundup is over. Check-in for camping is after 2:00 pm on the 17th, and check-out is before noon on the 22nd. 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 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, or sign up for an advanced instruction course offered by Cascade Raft and Kayak for Roundup participants at an extra cost. 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 Speakers: This year we will be welcoming Mike and Jenny Fiebig as our keynote speakers. In Fall 2018, the Fiebigs completed a 5-month, 1800-mile source to sea trip on the Green and Colorado rivers in a custom built whitewater dory named the “Green River.”  Part of their expedition was completed by packraft through a number of sections due to lower flows. They also interviewed a diverse group of people along the way about their connection to the river and to one another. Whether you’re curious about the current state of the river system, planning your own through-paddle, or reestablishing connection in a disconnecting world, this talk is sure to be inspiring. Check out their “One River Many Voices”  adventure in more detail on their website.

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.

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 2019 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
  • Astral
  • Backpacker Magazine
  • Buff wear
  • Enlightened Equipment
  • Farm-to-Feet
  • Gear Aid
  • Good-to-go
  • Mountain Laurel Designs

Contact Us

American Packrafting Association

PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014