Wild Mile

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Quick Facts


A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Wild Mile
A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Wild Mile

The Wild Mile is the climax of the Wild Mile Section, and the last rapid before the Tres Monjas Mini-Canyon and the confluence with the Rio Azul. The rapid is over a mile-long wavetrain with a slight lefthand turn, leading into a very strong decleration pool. This rapid will put a smile on your face and is a great conclusion to a day of world class paddling on the Upper Futaleufu.

Low and High Water

The waves in this rapid get bigger as the water levels go up and subside as the levels go down. The easily seen wave-hole just left of center becomes a hole at low levels. The turbulence subsides in the last feature of the rapid, The Submarine.


Everything can be seen on the run or from the tops of the waves.


Not many. A really big pile stopper-wave just river-left of the center of the wavetrain near the bottom. The Submarine may provide some roll practice and downtime.

Play Opportunities

Somewhere on the Wild Mile.
Somewhere on the Wild Mile.

Wavewheels, catch-on-the-fly surfing in the huge stopper-piles on river-left, and some mystery moves in The Submarine.

Where to Swim

Try to swim river-right and get out before The Submarine.

Where to Rescue

Try to get a swimmer out on river-right before The Submarine. At The Submarine wait just below the whirlpools and enjoy the action.

Where to Portage

Pasarela Tres Monjas over the Tres Monjas Mini-Canyon.
Pasarela Tres Monjas over the Tres Monjas Mini-Canyon.

There is a trail that runs along the river valley on river-left, but this rapid is too long to consider a viable portage.

Running the Rapid

Down the center wavetrain following the flow and enjoying the waves. If you power through The Submarine at the end you are less likely to get subbed-out.


Kayakers somewhere on the Wild Mile. Video

Take Out

Take-out below the Pasarela Tres Monjas (Tres Monjas Swinging Bridge) on a sand beach on river-left. Cross the bridge to get to your shuttle vehicle.


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