Dedicated to strengthening businesses, improving lives and stimulating local economies through Alaska’s outdoor recreation industry.


Our Beginning

Confluence began as a question. Was there enough energy and interest in coalescing around the idea that the state’s outdoor recreation economy was a sleeping giant worth awakening. The overwhelmingly resounding answer was, “Yes!”


“The public will no doubt be surprised at the economic importance of this industry as we release prototype statistics measuring the impact of activities like boating, fishing, RVing, hunting, camping, hiking, and more,”

— US Commerce Secretary wilbur ross, 2017


US Bureau of Economic Analysis: Updated Statistics for Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account 2012 - 2016.

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Our Mission

Dedicated to economic diversification and rural economic development through empowering the outdoor recreation industry.



Percent of Alaskans who participate in some form of outdoor recreation each year.

$2.3 Billion

The amount of wages and salaries paid the Alaska’s outdoor recreation economic sector.


Percent of US GDP attributed to the outdoor recreation economic sector.


Incubated in Valdez, Confluence has grown to include a database of more than 450 businesses that depend on access to the outdoors.

In the works:

Statewide Trails Assessment being produced by a consortium of community-based trails programs from around the state

University of Alaska Emerging Sector Series report: Outdoor Recreation. Expected release, first quarter 2019.

Rendezvous? A series of community-based conversations to share ideas, identify challenges and opportunities to help industry and communities thrive year-round. The first scheduled Rendezvous is in Talkeetna, Feb. 5. Coming soon to Southeast, Fairbanks and the Kenai.

The Second Annual Fly-In for Outdoor Recreation is scheduled March 5 - 7 in Juneau.

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