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
Join this thrilling kayaking adventure down Patagonia's Baker River, through the remote Chilean region of Aysén. 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
Drive the famous and wild Carretera Austral, one of the world's most beautiful roads, through the true heart of Patagonia and discover the vast variety this region has to offer. See condors up close in the Queulat National Park, mingle…
- 8 Days
Drive the famous Carretera Austral all the way from Balmaceda down to Villa O'Higgins, the last town in the lesser-known Aysén region. You'll cross the most rugged and unspoilt areas in the world, while along the way visiting marble caves,…
- 9 Days