Verzasca River

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Verzasca
Lavertezzo river 2.jpg
The Verzasca at Lavertezzo
Country Switzerland
Source Pizzo Barone
 - elevation 2,864 m (9,396 ft)
Mouth Lake Maggiore
 - location Lake Maggiore, Switzerland
Length 30 km (19 mi)

The Verzasca is a Swiss 30-kilometre (19 mi) long mountain river originating at Pizzo Barone and flowing into Lake Maggiore.[1] It is known for its clear turquoise water and vibrant colored rocks, as well as its treacherous currents. The Verzasca Dam is a few kilometers upriver from this lake.

Geography[edit]

The Verzasca River valley (Valle verzasca) is in Ticino, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Chestnut trees thrive at the bottom of the valley. Its water is crystal clear, and the depth does not exceed 10 metres (33 ft). Its average temperature is 7 to 10 °C (45 to 50 °F).

Recreation[edit]

The river is a popular scuba diving location and the valley is used for bungee jumping. The diving conditions are usually best from late spring to early autumn.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Verzasca, Ticino". The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, General Secretariat, Presence Switzerland. swissworld.org. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  2. ^ "River Verzasca". picture-newsletter.com. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 

Coordinates: 46°23′27″N 8°44′36″E / 46.3908°N 8.7433°E / 46.3908; 8.7433