Enco River

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Quick Facts

  • Class: II/III
  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Average Gradient: (10 ft / mile)
  • Maximum Gradient: n/a
  • Temperature: 20 C (70 F )
  • Water Quality: Clear, Blue
  • Character: Continuous wavetrains
  • Nearby Rivers: Fuy River, Neltume River, San Pedro River

General Description

Rio Enco connects Lago Panguipulli to the north with Lago Rinihue to the south. The river runs about eight miles between these two lakes with the enormous stratovolcano, Mocho-Choshuenco, to the east, in the background. The scenery on this run is spectacular and the water incredibly clear, blue and warm. This river is a perfect alternative for mixed groups of paddlers visiting the Rio Fuy. While one group is off tackling the Falls section of the Rio Fuy, another group can be running the Rio Enco or Rio Neltume.


Not many. While being a large volume river the gradient is gentle, moderating the drops. S-Turn rapid has large holes to either side which need to be avoided.

River Flows / Gauge Information / Season

Normally, during the summer months, the Enco River runs about 85 cms (3000 cfs). Higher during periods of rain.

Rapid Descriptions

The rapids on this river are large wavetrains. All can be boat-scouted with little problem. The only significant rapid on the Enco River is S-Turn.

  • S-Turn: (Class III) S-Turn is the third large rapid you will encounter on the Rio Enco, about mid-way in the run. There are large hydraulics on river-left and river-right that need to be avoided. There is a large "clean" wavetrain at the center which may be intimidating to beginner paddlers. To run the rapid stay in the center wavetrain and avoid the holes to either side.

Put-In and Take-Out

  • Put-in: Paddle across Lago Panguipulli from the lakeside town of Choschuenco.
  • Take-out: Roadside on river left, before Lago Rinihue.


To paddle the Enco River you will need to get to the town of Choshuenco on Lago Panguipulli. Choshuenco lies between the larger cities of Los Lagos to the southwest and Villarica to the northwest in Chile. San Martin de Los Andes in Argentina is the closest city coming from the east. Map: Los Lagos

Places to Stay / Campgrounds

For places to stay check out the town of Panguipulli on the opposite side of the lake than Choshuenco. Their tourism office website will help you with lodging or camping: www.panguipulli.cl

Maps & Outside Links

  • Maps:
  • Outfitters:
Expediciones Rucapillan

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  • Terms of Use: Any type of reproduction, republication, or re-transmission for commercial use is prohibited without the expressed, written permission of Expediciones Chile. Users of this Wiki guidebook may print copies of the text, images and diagrams for personal river running use only. Users may not alter the diagrams or text without expressed written permission of Expediciones Chile. Users must read and acknowledge the disclaimer before printing. Printing implies acknowledgment of the disclaimer.


  • Disclaimer: Under no circumstances should paddlers substitute the information and diagrams in this guidebook for their own sound judgment on the river and their collective experience running rivers. The diagrams, maps and descriptions found here are only approximations of what paddlers will find on the river once they get to Chile or Argentina. They are not to scale and nor are they completely accurate. Water levels change, rocks move around, landslide debris can enter the river at any time making the diagrams obsolete. Expediciones Chile also reserves the right to update these diagrams and descriptions at any time as we find better ways to illustrate and discuss the rapids. Use this guidebook at your own risk.

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