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This article is about the river. For the monastery, see Uvac Monastery. For the village in Serbia, see Uvac, Sjenica. For the village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, see Uvac, Rudo.
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Meanders of Uvac
Origin Ninaja mountain, Pešter plateau
Mouth Lim river, near Priboj
Basin countries Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Length 119 km (74 mi)
Avg. discharge 18 m³/s
Basin area 1,310 km2 (506 sq mi)

The Uvac (Bosnian, Serbian: Uvac, Увац) is an international trans-boundary river, rising under Golija mountain and Pešter plateau, then flowing through southwestern Serbia and cross into eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina where, after 119 km, finally meets the Lim river from the right, however, before it empties into the Lim, for a 10 kilometers Uvac forms the border between two countries. Also, while meandering through Serbia, Uvac loosely makes the northern border of the Raška region too.

Upper course[edit]

The Uvac originates in the Pešter plateau from the Ninaja mountain, as Rasanska reka (Cyrillic: Расанска река). The stream curves around the Ninaja and Pometenik mountains, next to the villages of Tuzinje, Rasno, Dragojloviće and Gradac, where it meets Brnjička reka (Cyrillic: Брњичка река), enters the Sjenica depression and continues on depression eastern border as the Vapa (Cyrillic: Вапа), which is 25 kilometers long and drains an area of 496 km².

The river passes next to the villages of Gornja Vapa, Donja Vapa, Čedovo and Krstac, where the Vapa receives from the left the short river Uvac, which originates on the Ozren mountain, and gives name to the downstream course of the river.

Lower course[edit]

The Uvac continues to the northwest, enters the Stari Vlah region where it flows in a deep, canyon-like valley, where it receives the Kladnica river from the right and generates lots of power, which is used for three powerful hydroelectric power stations, each one with big artificial lake: Bistrica with Lake Radoinja, Kokin Brod with Lake Zlatar (7,3 km², altitude 400 m, depth 40 m) and Sjenica with Lake Sjenica.

In the lowest part of its course, The Uvac flows between the Zlatar and Zlatibor mountains, next to the villages of Kokin Brod and Radoinja until it reaches the Bosnian border and Varda mountain, makes a sharp, elbow turn to the south and after a short flow next to the villages of Bjelušine and Uvac (both on Bosnian side), the Uvac empties into the Lim, north of the city of Priboj.

The Uvac drains an area of 1,310 km², belongs to the Black Sea drainage basin, and it's not navigable. Its average discharge at the mouth is 18 m³/s.


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  • Jovan Đ. Marković (1990): Enciklopedijski geografski leksikon Jugoslavije; Svjetlost-Sarajevo; ISBN 86-01-02651-6

Coordinates: 43°20′58″N 19°58′13″E / 43.34944°N 19.97028°E / 43.34944; 19.97028

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