The third annual Packraft Roundup is set for July 8-10, 2016 in Jackson, Wyoming. This APA packraftapalooza gathers the packraft family for three days of boating, training, learning, sharing, and general good times.  Some of the activities on tap include:
  • Packraft outings and clinics for different abilities and interests
  • Family floats and Gear Swap
  • Silent Auction to raise funds for APA
  • BBQ party and camping provided by APA
  • Evening presentation by a packrafting luminary (TBA)
  • Swiftwater Safety Institute is offering a packraft-specific swiftwater rescue and safety course July 6th-8th prior to the Roundup.
Send us a note at if you are interested in helping us with the Roundup. In particular, we are looking for new ideas, an MC, and folks who can lead or help lead some of the field outings.

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The "Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act" continues to work its way through Congress.  The amended bill, introduced by Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis, passed the House Committee on Natural Resources in October.  If ratified, the National Park Service would conduct three years of public scoping and analysis of paddling on a carefully selected set of 50 rivers totaling 469 miles in both Parks.  The NPS would then issue new rules about when and where river paddling may occur, retaining all of the tools and powers within its mandate.  The legislation prohibits the issuance of any new commercial paddling permits.

APA will continue efforts to advance this bill through Congress.  We ask that you contact your representatives in Congress to express your support.  Please write letters to the editors of your local papers and comment on online news stories.  Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for related news and article postings.  For more details about the legislation and our efforts, please see our Yellowstone and Grand Teton page.  Excited to see which rivers would be considered if the bill passes?  Click here:
Derek Collins runs a steep section of the Falls River just outside Yellowstone.

The National Park Service has finally issued the much-anticipated draft backcountry management plan for Grand Canyon National Park. Of particular interest to packrafters are significant proposed revisions to Raft-assisted Backcountry Travel (RABT) in Grand Canyon.

APA is pleased with the proposals in the plan to adopt a zone system for packraft travel in the park which would replace the arbitrary "5 mile rule" that currently requires packrafters to exit the river after five miles. 

To see the plan and to comment, go to:

Rich Rudow tries to thread the needle in the Grand Canyon's 205-Mile Rapid.

Nominations are now open for the recipient of the 2015 Golden Paddle Award! Now in its fifth year, the Golden Paddle Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to packrafting.  Past winners include Roman Dial, Luc Mehl, Zorba Laloo, Sheri Tingey, and John McLaine. For more about the award and past winners please visit our Golden Paddle page.

Please send us an email at with your nominee by January 1, 2016.

If you are looking for a winter paddling escape, come to the New Zealand packraft roundup January 8-10 in Murchison.  Modeled after the APA Roundups, the event will include group outings, instructional talks, and an international packrafters exchange.  For more information, go to the New Zealand Packrafting Meet-Up Event Page:

The American Packrafting Association advocates for conservation and protects access to the rivers we love.  The larger our membership, the stronger our voice.  If you are not a member, please take two minutes of your time to join us.  It is still FREE TO JOIN.  And tell your friends to do the same.  Join here.

We do need some money and welcome your support.  APA is organized and recognized as a 501(c)(3) association, and donations to APA are deductible to the extent allowed by law. You can donate through PayPal on our Donate page, or by mailing a check to:

American Packrafting Association
P.O. Box 13
Wilson, WY  83014

APA has logo stickers that look great on your helmet, paddle, bumper, and coffee mug.  If you would like to get two of these stickers and support APA, put a $1 bill in a self-addressed stamped envelope and mail it to the address above.

We also now have beautiful full-color brochures that explain the mission of APA.  If you would like to help us distribute these flyers, drop us a note and we will send some your way.  Follow this link to see the brochures:

We would like to thank our sponsors, Alpacka Raft, Jackson Hole Packraft Rentals Anywhere, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, and Kokopelli Packraft for their support.

Kokopelli Packraft is generously donating half of the proceeds from the sales of their gorgeous 2016 calendar to APA. Order yours now at

We are always looking for good people to help us run APA, so if you want to get involved drop us a note. Wishing you happy holidays and safe packrafting adventures.
We will see you on the trails and on the water!

APA Board of Directors

Brad Meiklejohn, President, Eagle River, AK
Thomas Turiano, Vice President, Wilson, WY
Moe Witschard, Treasurer, Bozeman, MT
Amy Hatch, Secretary, Victor, ID
Theresa Lundquist, Jackson, WY
Forrest McCarthy, Jackson, WY
David Nix, Salt Lake City, UT
Roman Dial, Anchorage, AK
Julia Yanker, Bozeman, MT


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