Water abounds at Caveland. Our dehumidifiers pull close to a hundred gallons of water per day out of the air. The very back of the cave remains naturally at 95% humidity. Any higher, and it would rain indoors! With our dehumidifiers, we keep the front and middle chambers around 60% humidity on average.
During our first storm here, we marveled at fourteen natural run-off waterfalls. During spring run-off, a large area near the end of the box canyon fills with shallow water, fostering a great deal of wildlife.
The property houses at least three separate ground-water springs. One fills a cistern in the middle chamber of the cave. One drips through the vents in the ceiling, yielding an average of a hundred gallons a day, 150 gallons at its peak during the springtime, and stopping for a couple of weeks each year when the water table drops in August. We placed a pool surrounded by rocks beneath the drip to manage this water and carry it outdoors where it waters the yard. One bubbles to the surface in a corner of the yard near the woods. Local backhoe operator, Ed Peterein and his son, Brent, dug this one out and added a dam so that at a later date we can seal it to make a big pond, which technically will be a lake when it reaches its full-depth of ten feet.
Set in a valley near the Mississippi River, fog rolls in every so often, turning the outdoors into a magical wonderland.