Get Involved in Your Regional Chapter!

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.

Alaska Region

Contact: Becky King
alaska@packraft.org

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.

Photo: Rueben Gerber

Midwest Region

ND, SD, NE, KS, IL, MN, IA, MO, WI, IN, OH, MI
Contact: David Houghton
midwest@packraft.org

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!

Northeast Region

MD, DC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA, RI, NH, VT, ME
Contact: Eric Caravella
northeast@packraft.org

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.

Photo: PMillera4
Photo: Joseph Bell

Northwest Region

OR, WA, ID, MT, WY
Contact: Sarah Kilbourne
northwest@packraft.org

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.

Pacific Region

CA, NV, HI
pacific@packraft.org

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.

Photo: Jack Martin

Southeast Region

FL, GA, AL, MS, LA, AR, TN, KY, WV, VA, NC, SC
Contact: Jack Martin
southeast@packraft.org

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.

Southwest Region

AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT
southwest@packraft.org

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.

Photo: Moe Witschard

International CONTACTS

Europe

APA Rep: Max Clemencon
europe@packraft.org

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.

Photo: Moe Witschard
Photo: kayadams.com

New Zealand

Packrafting Association of New Zealand (PRANZ)
Email: emailpranz@gmail.com

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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