Karašica (Drava)

Karašica is a river in eastern Croatia whose length, combined with its tributary Vučica is 150 kilometres (93 mi), and whose basin covers 2,347 square kilometres (906 sq mi).[1]

Physical characteristics
SourceVoćinska rijeka
 • locationČađavica
 • location
 • coordinates
45°36′04″N 18°35′21″E / 45.6011°N 18.5893°E / 45.6011; 18.5893Coordinates: 45°36′04″N 18°35′21″E / 45.6011°N 18.5893°E / 45.6011; 18.5893
Length91 km (57 mi)
Basin size936 km2 (361 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionDravaDanubeBlack Sea
 • rightVučica

Karašica and Vučica rise in the mountain of Papuk and flow towards the northeast into a plain, where they meander in an eastward direction. Vučica discharges into Karašica between Valpovo and Ladimirevci and the river flows into the Drava north of Josipovac.

There are several suggested etymologies for the name "Karašica". It's not explainable in Croatian. One is that it comes from the Turkish words "kara su" (black stream). Second is that it comes from the Latin word "Carassius", denoting several species of freshwater fish. Perhaps the most likely one is that it comes from the Indo-European root *(s)ker, meaning "to cut", in the sense "the river that cuts through the valley".


  1. ^ "Karakteristike značajnijih vodotoka". Vodnogospodarska osnova Hrvatske - Strategija upravljanja vodama (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2011-12-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)