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The Noce River

The Noce River in Val di Sole

Water is the driving force of nature

The River or Torrente Noce is a watercourse that flows entirely in the Province of Trento. It was born at 2670 m a.s.l. at the foot of the Corno dei Tre Signori in the Stelvio National Park to flow into the Adige River in the Piana Rotaliana.
The stretch that flows in Val di Sole is the one where river sports are practiced: rafting, hydrospeed, canoeing / kayaking, and it is precisely along its banks that the Extreme Waves Rafting Center was born.

The Noce River

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Navigable routes

1st Section Cusiano - Base Extreme Waves Commezzadura

Immediately after the confluence of the Noce River with the Vermigliana, in Cusiano, there is the ideal point to start the canoe excursion of the Val di Sole. The current is not too impetuous, the state road runs along the river, the wavy passages are not above the second degree.
In this stretch the Noce is channeled by artificial banks and so it continues, with considerable speed, up to a kilometer after Pellizzano; here the banks are abruptly interrupted and you are faced with an artificial jump that can only be overcome after careful recognition. After the jump, the stream does not present great difficulties for a few kilometers (third degree) until it reaches the town of Mezzana where the current increases in speed forming third and fourth degree passages with continuous and uninterrupted rapids for about two kilometers. On these rapids, the Canoe Kayak slalom World Championships were held in 1993 for a stretch of 600 meters. From May to September a slalom facility is in operation for international competitions and high-level training.

This route requires, like most of the stretch of the Torrente Noce, a more than safe technique and considerable experience. After the bridge in Valle di Mezzana-Marilleva, the Noce maintains difficulties of third and fourth degree until it reaches near Mestriago where the difficulty decreases and even an overturning does not present too many problems for material recovery.
Between wooded banks you approach Dimaro where, after a wide curve, an artificial barrier would oblige you to transfer, but thanks to a slide on the orographic right, specially built for paddlers, you can access the wide bend of Dimaro. A little further downstream of the Dimaro bridge begins the famous "rapid della Segheria", reserved for expert canoeists due to the difficulty that can reach even the fifth degree and whose recognition is possible from the right bank.


2nd Section Monclassico - Caldes - Ponte Stori

The stretch of about two kilometers that follows the "rapid of the sawmill" is not to be considered interesting from a canoeing point of view and it is therefore advisable to re-embark in Monclassico downstream of the artificial dam. The descent is here in less difficult waters, while maintaining difficulties between the second and third degree for about four kilometers. At the height of Malè, the "wooded gorges" begin, characterized by successive and difficult rapids, on average of the third and fourth degree. At the confluence with the Rabbies stream, the flow and speed of the river can increase considerably.

Passing under the villages of Caldes, Cavizzana, Tozzaga and Bordiana, the valley has narrowed, the state road has moved away and the torrent alternates difficulties of third and fourth degree in a suggestive natural setting. In Ponte Stori, after the fourth grade rapid of the same name, it is advisable to stop to use one of the last most comfortable points for disembarking and recovering by vehicle.

3 ° Section Ponte Stori - Lake S. Giustina

For those who are not afraid of the extreme difficulty of passages in the gorge and the inconvenience of a difficult recovery, the Noce offers the strongest and most exciting alpine rapids in this last navigable stretch. Depending on the level of the lake, the descent can continue even after the Mostizzolo Bridge up to the artificial basin of S. Giustina, where the stream ends its course and where landing can become difficult.

Just before the lake, the Noce River enters a canyon with banks up to 100 meters high, which has three grade V rapids called "The Three Passages" which can be more or less dealt with depending on the flow of the river.

What makes the view of a river so relaxing is that it has no doubt to get where it's going and that it doesn't want to go elsewhere
(Hal Boyle)

The noce river in winter!

None of us wants to stay in calm water for all life
(Jane Austen)

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