Looking for other packrafters in your area? Trip ideas and beta? APA is launching Regional Chapters in Fall 2021 with the goal of forming stronger connections with volunteers and members across the country, serving more regions, and organizing around regional priorities and issues. Join us!
For packrafters interested in trips and advocacy in other parts of the world, international contacts are listed below.
All of our Regional Chapters are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help bring packrafters together in their part of the world. There are many ways to get involved, from moderating regional content on the APA forum and organizing regional meet-ups to chapter leadership roles. We enable our volunteers to pursue their strengths and passions. Contact your Regional Chapter using one of the email addresses below to find out how you can help.
Contact: Becky King
The heartland of modern packrafting, Alaska’s well-established packrafting community makes this the state with the most APA members. From epic cross country wilderness trips to tackling large scale conservation issues, APA's team in Alaska makes it happen.
The APA forum (forum.packraft.org) features a decade's worth of inspiring trip reports and Alaskan packrafting expertise.
ND, SD, NE, KS, IL, MN, IA, MO, WI, IN, OH, MI
Contact: David Houghton
With an abundance of rivers, good access, and (mostly) mellow paddling, the Midwestern region is the ideal place to get into packrafting. The region also includes iconic areas such as the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota — the largest wilderness in the eastern US — the Ozarks of southern MO, the Apostle Islands of Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
APA's community-building efforts in the Midwestern region are just getting started. If you packraft in this part of the country, we want to hear from you!
MD, DC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA, RI, NH, VT, ME
Contact: Eric Caravella
Delaware Water Gap, the Adirondacks, remote packrafting loops in Baxter State Park, and too many classic river runs to name characterize the Northeast Region. APA's Northeast chapter aims to bring together packrafters from across the region.
OR, WA, ID, MT, WY
Contact: Sarah Kilbourne
Covering a large swath of the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountain states, APA's Northwest Region covers a vast and diverse set of packrafting opportunities. Marine packrafting around the San Juan Islands to the Snake River and Glacier National Park… the Northwest Region has it all.
CA, NV, HI
Challenging whitewater on the West slope of the Sierras and rivers running to the Northern California coast fall within our Pacific Region, along with exciting packrafting opportunities in Nevada and Hawaii. Our Pacific Region leadership team in the San Francisco Bay area welcomes newcomers and experienced packrafters alike.
FL, GA, AL, MS, LA, AR, TN, KY, WV, VA, NC, SC
Contact: Jack Martin
Countless famous rivers and runs across the Southeast offer an incredibly diverse set of packrafting opportunities in this region. APA Board Member and river guide Jack Martin leads APA’s regional efforts in the Southeast from his base in the urban packrafting mecca of Richmond, VA.
AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT
From iconic Grand Canyon big water to a cheeky early season run through Zion Narrows and wilderness trips on the Gila River, there are myriad packrafting opportunities in the Southwest region. You’ll find an active and supportive packrafting community here.
APA Rep: Karen Jettmar
Canada’s ten provinces, and three territories to the north boast thousands of rivers, including the most northerly navigable rivers in the world. There are five major river drainages running through the country: Rivers running north to the Arctic Ocean; west to the Pacific Ocean; north to Hudson Bay, including Ungava Bay and James Bay; east to the Atlantic Ocean, including the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence drainage system; and south to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River system. Almost three-quarters of Canada is drained northward to the Arctic Ocean, Hudson Bay and Hudson Strait. At 4,241 km (2,600 miles), the Mackenzie is Canada’s longest river. There are lifetimes of exploring to be had in any of Canada’s provinces, and there are many rivers that have never been run by packraft.
Packraft Canada organizes an annual rendezvous every summer in a different location, and there are local packrafting groups throughout the country.
APA Rep: Max Clemencon
A dynamic paddler, podcaster and community builder, Max organized the first European Packrafting meetup on the Soca River in 2018 and is APA’s contact person in Europe.
Packrafting Association of New Zealand (PRANZ)
The Packrafting Association of New Zealand (http://www.packrafting.org.nz/) is an initiative of the very active NZ Packrafting Community, with the support from the Federated Mountain Clubs of NZ and Whitewater NZ. PRANZ runs a number of regional mini-meetups around the country, plus a main national meetup once a year. (These meetups are for PRANZ members only.) You can find PRANZ on Facebook, along with a growing database of New Zealand packrafting trip information on their partner website PackraftingTrips.nz.
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