This list of rivers of Chile includes all the major rivers of Chile. See each article for their tributaries, drainage areas, etc. Usually significant tributaries appear in this list, under the river into which they drain.

Rivers by name

Following lists show the information of GeoNames ordered by names:

Rivers by region

The lists of rivers by region are:

Information in the lists

This list contains:

  1. Name of the stream, in Spanish
  2. Coordinates are the latitude and longitude of the feature in ± decimal degrees, at the mouth of the stream
  3. Link to a map including the Geonameid (a number which uniquely identifies a Geoname feature)
  4. Feature Code explained in [1]
  5. Other names for the same feature, if any
  6. Basin countries additional to Chile, if any

Among all the features recorded in the GeoNames database, Wikipedia has arbitrarily selected for these lists features named "Rio", "Rio", "Canal", "Arroyo", "Estero", "Riachuelo" and they must contain one of following Feature Codes (explained in [2]):

RPDS: rapids, a turbulent section of a stream associated with a steep, irregular stream bed
CHN: channel, the deepest part of a stream, bay, lagoon, or strait, through which the main current flows
CNLA: aqueduct, a conduit used to carry water
CNLB: canal bend, a conspicuously curved or bent section of a canal
CNLD: drainage canal, an artificial waterway carrying water away from a wetland or from drainage ditches
CNLI: irrigation canal, a canal which serves as a main conduit for irrigation water
CNLN: navigation canal(s), a watercourse constructed for navigation of vessels
CNLSB: underground irrigation canal(s), a gently inclined tunnel bringing water for irrigation from aquifers
CRKT: tidal creek(s) a meandering channel in a coastal wetland subject to bi-directional tidal currents
DTCH: ditch, a small artificial watercourse dug for draining or irrigating the land
DTCHI: irrigation ditch, a ditch which serves to distribute irrigation water
DTCHD: drainage ditch, a ditch which serves to drain the land
ESTY: estuary, a funnel-shaped stream mouth or embayment where fresh water mixes with sea water under tidal influences
FORD: ford, a shallow part of a stream which can be crossed on foot or by land vehicle
SBED: dry stream bed, a channel formerly containing the water of a stream
STM: stream, a body of running water moving to a lower level in a channel on land
STMA: anabranch, a diverging branch flowing out of a main stream and rejoining it downstream
STMB: stream bend, a conspicuously curved or bent segment of a stream
STMC: canalized stream, a stream that has been substantially ditched, diked, or straightened
STMD: distributary(-ies), a branch which flows away from the main stream, as in a delta or irrigation canal
STMH: headwaters, the source and upper part of a stream, including the upper drainage basin
STMI: intermittent stream
STMIX: section of intermittent stream
STMM: stream mouth(s), a place where a stream discharges into a lagoon, lake, or the sea
STMQ: abandoned watercourse, a former stream or distributary no longer carrying flowing water, but still evident due to lakes, wetland, topographic or vegetation patterns
STMS: streams, bodies of running water moving to a lower level in a channel on land
STMSB: lost river, a surface stream that disappears into an underground channel, or dries up in an arid area
STMX: section of stream
TNLC: canal tunnel, a tunnel through which a canal passes
WTRC: watercourse, a natural, well-defined channel produced by flowing water, or an artificial channel designed to carry flowing water
WTRH: waterhole(s), a natural hole, hollow, or small depression that contains water, used by man and animals, especially in arid areas

Rivers by latitude

Note: The rivers are ordered by the latitude of their outflows into the ocean, lakes, other rivers or out of Chile respectively.

Largest rivers by basin area

Note: The rivers are ordered by their drainage basin area within Chile.

Rivers with a basin area of more than 10,000 km²
Rank Name Basin area Length
1 Loa River 33,570 km²[1] 440 km[1]
2 Baker River[3] 26,726 km² 170 km
3 Bío-Bío River 24,264 km²[2] 380 km[2]
4 Maule River 20,600 km²[3] 240 km[3]
5 Bueno River 15,367 km²[4] 130 km[4]
6 Maipo River 15,304 km²[5] 250 km[5]
7 Pascua River 14,760 km² 62 km[citation needed]
8 Rapel River1 13,695 km² [6] 167 km[7]
9 Imperial River 12.763 km²[8] 55 km[8]
10 Limarí River 11,800 km²[7] 64 km[7]
11 Aysén River 11,427 km²[9] 26 km[9]
12 Copiapó River 11,400 km²[10] 162 km[10]
13 Itata River 11,294 km²[11] 140 km[11]
14 Valdivia River2 10,275 km²[12] 140 km[12]


See also


  1. ^ a b (in Spanish) Cuenca del río Loa Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Cuenca del río Biobío Archived 2015-05-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Cuenca del río Maule" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
  4. ^ a b Cuenca del río Bueno Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Cuenca del río Maipo Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Cuenca del río Rapel Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b c Cuenca del río Limarí Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b "Cuenca del río Imperial" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  9. ^ a b Río Aysén Archived 2007-12-08 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b "Cuenca del río Copiapó" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  11. ^ a b Cuenca de rio Itata Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ a b "Cuenca del río Valdivia" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-01-29.