Baker River

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.


Map of Baker River

Nearby landmarks

Trips that visit Baker River

Baker River Kayak Descent

Join this thrilling kayaking adventure down Patagonia's Baker River, through the remote Chilean region of Aysen. You'll spend three nights camping under the stars as you paddle through fantastic scenery from Cochrane to the finishing point in the quaint town…

  • 8 Days
  • $1,798
Gentle Adventure in Aysen

Base yourself in a stunning lodge in the Aysen region as you explore the heart of Patagonia on this action-packed roadtrip adventure. Kayak to marble caves, explore a glacier, raft on the River Baker and horse ride through forests – just…

  • 5 Days
  • $3,430
Best of Aysen Roadtrip

Delve deep into Patagonia's most-undiscovered region following the Route of the Parks. You'll roam three national parks on foot, immerse yourself in the dazzling marble caves of Puerto Tranquillo, raft down the Baker River, and discover the secrets of Gaucho…

  • 10 Days
  • $4,036