Cochrane Lake National Reserve

The Cochrane Lake National Reserve was created in 1967, and at the present time, has a surface of 6,925 hectares. It is located 3 miles to the northeast of the City of Cochrane in the north shore of the lake under the same name and 217 miles to the south of Coihaique in the slope of the Tamango Hill.

Lake Cochrane in the Northern Patagonia of Chile

Lake Cochrane in the Northen Patagonia of Chile

You can accede to The Cochrane Lake National Reserve from Cochrane by a dirt road of 3 miles towards the sector El Húngaro. From there, there is only one pedestrian footpath. Also from Cochrane, through a neighboring road of debris, towards the wharf sector of the Cochrane River, located 3 miles away.

The altitude in The Cochrane Lake National Reserve fluctuates between the 656 feet, in the shores of the lake, and of 5.649 feet in the summit of the Tamango Hill.

The Cochrane Lake National Reserve vegetation is between the forest caducifolio and the Patagonian steppe. To the interior of The Cochrane Lake National Reserve predominates the forest caducifolio of Aisén, whose representative species is the lenga. There are also in The Cochrane Lake National Reserve ñirre, common coigüe (coigüe común), ciruelillo or notro and bushy species such as calafate, michay, chilco, shrub green and chaura.

The different types of ambient presents in The Cochrane Lake National Reserve allow the presence of a wild fauna varied enough, fundamentally birds, from chucao till big rapacious as the condor. However, the most outstanding is the existence of two of the biggest terrestrial mammals of Chile, as they are the guanaco and huemul, being the reserve the area with a well-known population of this native species. Other species possible to observe within the Cochrane Lake National Reserve are puma, the gray fox (zorro gris), chingue and diverse rodents. Among the birds, it is common to observe the Condor, Eagle (Aguila), Kestrel, fisher man Martín.

There are two footpaths to make excursions: sector “El Húngaro” and “the Correntadas”. The first has a controlled access in Paleta Beach , it is of 4 miles and you can make guided visits for the observation of huemules and other species of the area. The footpath “the Correntadas” crosses the North shore of the Cochrane River and has a length of 2.1miles.

The main recreational activities that can be made in The Cochrane Lake National Reserve in this area are Fishing, Hiking, Flora Observation, Fauna Observation, Panoramic Observation, Strolls in Boat, Information of Environmental Education.

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