Llanquihue Lake

Lake Llanquihue is the second-largest lake in Chile with an area of about 860 square kilometres (330 sq mi), after Lake General Carrera which shared with Argentina. It is situated in the southern Los Lagos Region in the Llanquihue and Osorno provinces. The lake's fan-like form was created by successive piedmont glaciers during the Quaternary glaciations. The last glacial period is called Llanquihue glaciation in Chile after the terminal moraine systems around the lake.[1]

Lake Llanquihue
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The lake as seen from Osorno volcano with Calbuco visible on the left
Lake Llanquihue is located in Chile
Lake Llanquihue
Lake Llanquihue
Coordinates41°08′S 72°47′W / 41.133°S 72.783°W / -41.133; -72.783Coordinates: 41°08′S 72°47′W / 41.133°S 72.783°W / -41.133; -72.783
Primary outflowsMaullín River
Basin countriesChile
Surface area860 km2 (330 sq mi)
Max. depth317 m (1,040 ft)
Surface elevation70 m (230 ft)
SettlementsPuerto Varas, Llanquihue, Frutillar, Puerto Octay

Some historians consider Llanquihue Lake to have been within the range of ancient Chono nomadism.[2]

Lake Llanquihue is located in southern Chile a territory of northern Patagonia in the Los Lagos Region. The lake's views of Volcán Osorno make the surrounding cities such as Puerto Varas tourism hotspots.



  1. ^ Patagonia Chilena ISBN 978-956-310-774-6[page needed]
  2. ^ "Poblaciones costeras de Chile: marcadores genéticos en cuatro localidades". Revista médica de Chile. 1998. doi:10.4067/S0034-98871998000700002.

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