Chile's most voluminous river, the Baker is famous for its distinctive turquoise blue colour due to glacial sediment. It flows from the enormous General Carrera Lake westwards into the Pacific, reaching the ocean close to the unique and wonderful village of Tortel, a forest village built on stilts. More marvellous photography opportunities await elsewhere with fantastic panoramas all along its course. The Baker River is also nown for fly fishing in particular, as well as the opportunities to descend it by boat.
The Baker River is home to an abundance of Rainbow trout, which can be fished from boats or from the riverbanks. The water is crystal clear allowing you to easily observe the trout swimming close by. The Green Baker Lodge is situated by the river and is a comfortable base for fishing and other activities.
Unfortunately the Baker is currently under threat from a hydroelectric company.
This beautiful river is now home to Conservacion HQ and the Patagonia National Park that the organisation is working hard to create. Find out about volunteering with this organisation on our Volunteer in Patagonia page.
Photos of Baker River
Map of Baker River
Trips that visit Baker River
Road Trip Carretera Austral: End of the Road
From Balmaceda down to Villa O'Higgins, the last town in Aysén, Chile: you'll drive the Carretera Austral, crossing the most uneven, rugged and unspoilt areas in the world. Visit marble caves, glaciers and villages on stilts on this 9 day…
- 9 Days
Explore Aysen from Comfy Lodge
The marble caves, glaciers of the northern ice field and river Baker are some of the highlights of Aysen visited on this driving tour of the Carretera Austral based around a stunning eco lodge in the heart of…
- 5 Days
Baker River Kayak Descent
No prior experience is required to enjoy the thrill of the fast moving water on the Baker River, as you kayak the remote Aysen Region. Camping 3 nights under the stars, you can enjoy scenery and seclusion on route to…
- 5 Days