A kayaker runs a rapid on the Futaleufú River on Chile
The Futaleufú is known for its deep blue waters created by glaciertill deposited in the river, and for its white water currents, which attract rafters and kayakers from around the world. Specialized media consider the river to be one of the top three whitewater destinations in the world. Several international whitewater events have been staged on the river, attracting top ranked kayakers from around the globe. The Futaleufú is equally well known for fly fishing.
The Chilean government has recently proposed creating a hydroelectricdam, which may jeopardize the free flow of the river in the near future. This project is not expected to start until after 2013 as the Endesa Power company is intent on first building a dam on the Baker river South of Futaleufú. In the meantime, several Chilean as well as international non-profit organizations have formed to fight the dam project and protect the pristine natural wilderness area of the Futaleufú watershed. On the Argentine side of the border, there is another hydroelectric dam in service since 1976. The compound supplies electricity power to the aluminium alloy plant of ALUAR in Puerto Madryn. The Futaleufú, known locally as "the Futa," is quite simply one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.
Hydroelectric Complex Futaleufu Argentina built in 1976