Paine River

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Paine River
Driving Beside Rio Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.jpg
Country Chile
Basin features
Main source Dickson Lake
River mouth Del Toro Lake
Paine Cascade
Map of Torres del Paine National Park with Lago Dickson, the source of Río Paine, at the top

Paine River (Río Paine) is a river located in the Magallanes Region of Chile. The river rises from its source in Dickson Lake and flows east for nine kilometres (km) to Paine Lake. After flowing through the lake, the river runs for 15 km, first southward and then westward to Nordenskjöld Lake.[1] This part of the river's course includes the Paine Cascade.

From the mouth of Nordenskjöld Lake, the river flows for a short distance falling into Pehoe Lake. In this area the river forms a spectacular waterfall known as Salto Grande. Along the Paine River, and specifically in the vicinity of Salto Grande, are a variety of natural vegetation forms as well as certain wildlife species, including the wild guanaco.[2] After leaving lake Pehoe, the river forms another waterfall called Salto Chico and runs its last 6 km until emptying into the Del Toro Lake. Its lower course is wide and deep.[1]

Along its course the river borders the Cordillera del Paine.

Paine means "blue" in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language and is pronounced PIE-nay.[3]


  1. ^ a b Gobierno de Chile (2004).
  2. ^ Hogan, C.M. (2008).
  3. ^ Abraham, R. (2011). p. 17. Retrieved 4 August 2015.