The Senguerr River Basin 

Little Colonia Sarmiento, situated in the midst of the Patagonian steppe, boasts a basin which gives life and strength to the area through the tributaries that run downhill as a result of the Andean meltdown.

We visited the town called Sarmiento and strolled down its dusty streets. Shortly after chatting with its denizens, we noticed how proud they were about their water bodies which host a variety of sport and agricultural tourism activities.

These water bodies receive the waters of the Senguerr River from the Andes Mountain Range. As fishing in Lake Musters is allowed all year round, a great number of anglers are encouraged to come in search of quality and size. The fishing seasons are controlled in the rest of the basin.

This lake system is home to abundant fish species, mainly, native species such as Argentinian silverside, perch and catfish as well as exotic ones, brook, rainbow trout and, to a lesser extent, brown trout.

Lake Musters was formerly known as “Otrón” by the ancient residents of Tehuelche or chonik origin. Naturalist and geographer “Perito” Francisco Pascasio Moreno once wrote in his maps that this lake had been named after a traveler named Musters in memory of his journey around the area.

  • The water bodies flowing

    The water bodies flowing

  • This lake system is home to abundant fish species

    This lake system is home to abundant fish species

  • In spite of the cold climate and the arid soil

    In spite of the cold climate and the arid soil

  • Fishing area surrounded by incredible unspoiled nature

    Fishing area surrounded by incredible unspoiled nature

Amazing Stories in the Old Books of Yellow Colored Pages

George Chaworth Musters, a brave English character, travelled along a strip of land in Tierra del Fuego in 1869 and on one occasion he had the chance to accompany a Tehuelche caravan on their way to meet the Mapuche people in order to discuss certain issues. He was welcomed by both tribes and they managed to live altogether peacefully.

The name of Lake Colhué Huapi comes from the Mapuche tongue and refers to the chalky soil on the islands or clay colored waters. “Colhué” stands for “red or reddish place” and “Huapi” for “island”. It has muddy shores, especially, in the area of channels of the Falso Senguerr River.

A 12-kilometer wide isthmus separates this lake from Lake Musters. Unlike Lake Musters, this water body has muddy waters, which do not affect the growth of good aquatic animals such as perch and Patagonian silverside as well as three more native endangered species: South American catfish, jollytail and bigmouth perch.

In 1973, a group of sportsmen from Colonia Sarmiento carried out the extraordinary feat of joining both lakes through the Senguerr River, an adventure which has gone in the history of this town. Lake Musters is well-known for its rough waters and hard navigation.

There are two municipal campsites in the downtown are, besides those situated along the water courses in the region. That is the reason why most visitors choose to enjoy outdoor life.

The water courses in Sarmiento provide good conditions for agricultural exploitation. Fruit, vegetables and alfalfa are produced, as well as salmon and silverside.

In spite of the cold climate and the arid soil in this Patagonian central corridor, the valley where Sarmiento is located is a promising fishing area surrounded by incredible unspoiled nature.

Autor Mónica Pons Fotografo Gentileza

How to get hereHow to get here: -Comodoro Rivadavia is 140 kilometers east of this town along (paved) National Routes 3, 26 and Provincial Route 20. 
- Esquel is 440 kilometers northwest of this town through (paved) Provincial Route 20, National Route 40 and Provincial Route 62. 


Activities and tours in Sarmiento

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