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Rufino de Elizalde Island is located in the Tigre Delta on the Sarmiento River No. 146, about 3 km away from the head office (30 minutes by boat or 15 minutes by boat). 

With a total area of 12 hectares, its name honors the President of our club in the period 1937 – 1942, Don Rufino Cosme de Elizalde Leal. Under his office, the island was acquired in 1938.

The island has two accesses: a main dock on the Sarmiento River, with posts for mooring large boats, and a side channel for boats or small vessels, with two secondary docks, security ramp and parking spots.

It has a bar-restaurant with lounge and terrace. Complete changing rooms.

As for sports and recreation, it has an 8-a-side soccer field, volleyball court, soccer-tennis court, playground for children and a ping-pong table

The back part of the island preserves its vegetation in a natural condition. It is a natural reserve with trails that allow visitors to walk and appreciate the native species and flora and bird watching.

The coastal area on the Sarmiento River is landscaped with a large garden, sandy beach to enjoy the river, forest with ideal shade for lunches, fire pits and an exclusive camping area. There are deck chairs, tables and benches for the use of members and guests.


The Rufino de Elizalde Island offers the possibility of practicing outdoor sports such as soccer, volleyball, running, soccer-tennis and ping-pong. 

It also has games for children and a sandy beach to enjoy the river safely.

The camping area invites you to spend the night on the island with family and/or friends, to connect in a different way with nature and the silence of the Delta.  

The restaurant with lounge and terrace, offers an a la carte menu for lunch, as well as some grocery items to make the most of your stay on the island.



Rufino de Elizalde Island belongs to the lower region of the great Paraná Delta. This is one of the most important deltas in the world, due to its extension, its hydrographic dynamics, and the great biodiversity it harbors.

The island has about 12 ha, of which about 5 ha have been relatively preserved in terms of flora and fauna. The wetland, and its typical vegetation of monte blanco, contains several emblematic species of great ecological value.

During 2021, the Buenos Aires Rowing Club stated its commitment to the care of the environment and the community. It started working on the project to preserve the monte blanco and in October of that same year it was approved that BARC subscribed to 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 UN agenda*:


SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation (ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all people).

SDG 13 – Climate action (take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts)

SDG 15 – Ecosystem Living (sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss)

SDG 17 – Partnerships for achieving the goals (revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development).

The signing of these 4 SDGs will place BARC within the international commitment to address the social, economic and environmental challenges of globalization.


The island maintains several hectares well preserved in terms of flora and fauna. The typical vegetation of monte blanco contains emblematic species of great environmental value.