Kayak the Cochrane River

Baker - O'Higgins Area

Crystalline waters and an abundant aquatic life make the Cochrane River one of the most beautiful in the area. This activity is technically simple, with only 2 waterfalls on the lower part of the river, posing a fun challenge for kayakers.

  • Data sheet

    Type of activity: Kayaking
    Circuit sector: Cochrane Lake and River in the Tamango National Reserve
    Starting point:  Download KMZ points from the Circuit website.
    Ending point: Any of the 3 take-outs indicated on-line.
    Considerations: There is an entrance fee for the Reserve.
    Distance: 6-8 Km
    Duration: 5 to 6 hours
    Seasonality:  October-April
    Difficulty:  Easy circuit, but requires instruction or prior knowledge.

This is a simple circuit with different length options and the possibility to paddle through the rapids of the lower part of the river. Build your own route according to your skill level and needs. Depart from CONAF’s boat dock or one of the other river accesses indicated in www.patagoniapordescubrir.com. From your put-in, you can paddle upstream to the lake or downstream, passing through class 2 - 3 rapids. Watch for huemules (Hippocamelus bisulcus) at the river’s edge during your excursion.  The first section of the river has practically no current and feels more like a lake. You will only feel stronger currents when you hit the narrows. If you prefer to avoid the white water, you can reach the lake by using the pools and a short 200 m take-out near the dock at Camping Las Correntadas. 
There are also possibilities for people with no equipment or kayaking experience. For the past 12 years, Cochrane’s Kayak Club Escualos has taught kids between the ages of 4 and 18 to kayak on the Cochrane and Baker Rivers. During Chile’s summer they offer courses for beginners at their Base, from 18h00 to 20h00, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Normally, travelers can join in. The Club has the necessary equipment and instructors to teach beginners and help advanced kayakers develop new skills. It is also possible to contact a guide/instructor for private sessions.  Check with the Club for a list of guides.

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