Bueno River

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Bueno River (Río Bueno)
River near Valdivia (3144427102).jpg
The river as seen from Chile Route 5.
Physical characteristics
Main sourceRanco Lake
River mouthLa Barra and Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Pacific Ocean
0 m (0 ft)
Length130 km (81 mi)[1]
Basin features
Basin size15,367 km2 (5,933 sq mi)[1]

Bueno River (Spanish: Río Bueno) is a river in southern Chile. It originates in Ranco Lake and like most of Chile rivers it drains into the Pacific Ocean at the southern boundary of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve. Its lower flow forms the border between Osorno Province and Ranco Province. The river passes through Río Bueno commune and city that takes name from the river.

The major tributaries of the Bueno River are the Pilmaiquén River and the Rahue River, joining the river from the south. The former is the outlet of Puyehue Lake and the latter is the outlet of Rupanco Lake.

Starting upstream the following settlements lie along the river: Puerto Nuevo at the source, Río Bueno, Trumao, Llancacura, and La Barra at the outflow in the ocean.

The original Huilliche name for the river was Huenuleufu, a combination of huenu "upper" and leufü "river". Río Bueno is thus a hybrid word with huenu being replaced by phono-semantic matching with the Spanish word bueno "good".[2]


  1. ^ a b Cuenca del río Bueno
  2. ^ Bernales Lillo, Mario (1984). "Aspectos diacrónicos en la toponimia de Valdivia". Anales de la Universidad de Chile (in Spanish). 5 (5): 79–94.

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