The source of the Sarca River, high in the Adamello-Presanella Alps
The source of the Sarca River, high in the Adamello-Presanella Alps
Sarca
Rio Sarca.JPG
Location
CountryItaly
Physical characteristics
MouthLake Garda
 • coordinates
45°52′22″N 10°51′57″E / 45.8729°N 10.8657°E / 45.8729; 10.8657Coordinates: 45°52′22″N 10°51′57″E / 45.8729°N 10.8657°E / 45.8729; 10.8657
Basin features
ProgressionLake GardaMincioPoAdriatic Sea

The Sarca is a river springing from the Adamello-Presanella mountains in the Italian Alps and flowing into Lake Garda at Nago-Torbole. As an emissary of the lake it becomes known as the Mincio.

The river is shallow and fast flowing, passing through the Val di Genova, forming a number of waterfalls, of which Cascina Muta and Saft dei Can are the best known. Before reaching Val Rendena, part of its water is diverted to a hydroelectric powerstation. Then its flow becomes less and less tumultuous. The main places on the river include Carisolo, Pinzolo, Tione di Trento, Le Sarche, Ponte Arche and Ragoli.