Izh River

Izh, İj, Otš River
Country Udmurtia and Tatarstan, Russia
Main source Malye Oshvortsy, Udmurtia
River mouth Nizhnekamsk Reservoir, Kama River
Basin size 8,478 km2 (3,273 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 226 km (140 mi)
  • Average rate:
    587 m3/s (20,700 cu ft/s), maximum in 1979

The Izh (Russian: Иж; Udmurt: Оӵ, Otš; Tatar: Cyrillic Иж, Latin İj [iʒ]) is a river in Udmurtia and Tatarstan, Russian Federation, a right-bank tributary of the Kama River. It is 226 kilometres (140 mi) long, of which 97 kilometres (60 mi) are in Tatarstan, and its drainage basin covers 8,478 square kilometres (3,273 sq mi). It begins near Malye Oshvortsy, Udmurtia and falls to the Nizhnekamsk Reservoir, Kama River, near Golyushurma tract in Agryzsky District, Tatarstan.

The river's major tributaries are the Agryzka, Chazh, Kyrykmas, Varzinka, and Varzi rivers. The mineralization 300 to 500 mg/l. Its drainage is regulated. The Izhevsk Reservoir was constructed in 1760 to supply Izhevsk industry with water. Since 1978 it is protected as a natural monument of Tatarstan. There are notable mineral springs in Izh valley.[1] Izhevsk and Agryz are the cities along the river.


  1. (Tatar) "Иж". Tatar Encyclopaedia. Kazan: The Republic of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences. Institution of the Tatar Encyclopaedia. 2002.

Coordinates: 56°02′15″N 52°54′04″E / 56.03750°N 52.90111°E / 56.03750; 52.90111

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