Yelcho Lake

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Yelcho Lake
Coordinates 43°18′S 72°18′W / 43.300°S 72.300°W / -43.300; -72.300Coordinates: 43°18′S 72°18′W / 43.300°S 72.300°W / -43.300; -72.300
Primary inflows Futaleufú River
Primary outflows Yelcho River
Basin countries Argentina, Chile
Surface area 116 km² [1]
Settlements Puerto Cárdenas
References [1]

Yelcho Lake is a large and magnificent fjord-shaped lake located in the northern section of Chilean Patagonia, specifically in the wild and isolated southern Palena province of Los Lagos Region, Chile. The lake receives the waters of the world famous Futaleufu River at its southern tip, near the tiny settlement of Puerto Ramirez. The immense flow of blue glacial water then flows northward through the fjord shaped lake, surrounded by mountains and glaciers, until it outflows via the Yelcho River north-west and empties into Gulf of Corcovado, near Chaitén. Yelcho Lake is a famous destination for international fly fisherman and several lodges and hotels operate on its shores. Much of the lake's beauty is due to its remoteness. The lake is most frequently accessed via the town of Chaiten to the north, either by hiring a small charter flight from the city of Puerto Montt or by a series of long ferry rides from Puerto Montt of the island of Chiloe on the other side of the Golf of Corcovado. The lake is fed by the Futaleufú River. The Carretera Austral runs along its north-western shore. On the southern shore there is a secondary road which later forks to access the towns of Palena and Futaleufu.

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  1. ^ a b "Principales ríos, embalses, lagos y lagunas de Chile". Panorama Económico Social: las regiones de Chile 1990 - 2005. MIDEPLAN, INE. Retrieved 2008-03-16.