So Much Water Volume 1 Issue 3 Summer 2015 - Page 78

The Current Rivers ability to support trout is due to the many springs that contribute cold water to the river. Another attribute of the springs is that the river seldom freezes over due to the constant inflow of the 58 to 60 degree water. Allowing visitors to float the river year round. Most of the springs are accessible by car and varying lengths of short hikes. But nothing beats accessing these natural wonders of beauty from a canoe or kayak.

While all the springs have a history of being used for powering mills, creating electricity, or just as tourist destination, only Welch Spring has the designation of once being a hospital. In 1913, a doctor named C. H. Diehl purchased the spring and opened a hospital (more of a health spa really), believing that the spring water and the cool pollen free air from the adjacent cave would benefit people suffering from asthma, emphysema and tuberculosis. The shell of the building still stands today but is gated to protect the bat population. Welch Spring doubles the size of the Current River and can be seen on a trip between Cedar Grove and Akers Ferry or by car and a half mile hike.