The Ica is a 220 kilometer long river in Peru which flows south from highlands in Huancavelica Region to the Pacific Ocean through Ica Region and passing the region's capital, the city of Ica.[1]

Ica River
Puente en la cidad de ICA.jpg
Pan-American Highway crossing the Ica in the dry period
Ica River is located in Peru
Ica River
Location of mouth
RegionsHuancavelica, Ica
Physical characteristics
MouthPacific Ocean
 • coordinates
14°52′15″S 75°33′43″W / 14.870886°S 75.561981°W / -14.870886; -75.561981Coordinates: 14°52′15″S 75°33′43″W / 14.870886°S 75.561981°W / -14.870886; -75.561981
Length220 km (140 mi)

The river is normally dry during much of the year, but can flood and do major damage as the flood disaster in the city of Ica in 1998 (likely linked to the 1997-98 El Niño event). The Ica valley has an average rainfall of 3 mm a year and a fairly uniform temperature throughout the year with a maximum monthly average of 25 °C in February and a minimum of 17 °C in July.

The natural catchment area for the Ica was 7711 km ², but a project that sought to increase and regulate the water supply, using lake Chuqlluqucha, added 392 km ².

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  1. ^ "Rio Ica". GeoNames. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Retrieved July 28, 2021.