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
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
Road Trip Carretera Austral: Lago Circuit
A route deep in this remote region, featuring the show stopping highlights of the Southern highway – staggering glaciers, seemingly endless glacial lakes, and secluded hikes. Drive around Lago General Carerra on mainly gravel roads, make ferry crossings and take…
- 9 Days
Road Trip Carretera Austral: End of the Road
18 days of self-guided road tripping on the magical Carretera Austral full of adventure. Hike around Laguna Castillo and the Lagunas Altas Trail, and take to the ice on the Callequeo Glacier, spend an afternoon getting up close to the…
- 18 Days