Tornagaleones River

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Tornagaleones River (Río Tornagaleones)
Country Chile
Physical characteristics
Main source Futa River, Naguilan River
River mouth Tornagaleones River and Valdivia River
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Tornagaleones River (Spanish: Río Tornagaleones) is a river and eastuarine channel in Los Ríos Region, Chile. Together with Valdivia and Futa River it encloses the fluvial island of Isla del Rey. The fresh waters of Tornagaleones comes from Futa, Naguilán and Valdivia River. During high tide brackish waters from Corral Bay enters the channel.

Tornagaleones means literally "turn around galleons". The name of the river derives from its utility in navigation as it allowed ships to turn around and position their bow towards the Pacific Ocean.[1]


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

Coordinates: 39°56′38″S 73°19′16″W / 39.94389°S 73.32111°W / -39.94389; -73.32111