Verzasca River

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Verzasca
River
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-km 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 meters. Its average temperature is 7 - 10  °C.

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]

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.