centuries old, red oak tree stump was removed from Indian Lake in July. According
to Joe Moran, a parks employee, the water churned as the stump was brought to
the surface, reminding him of an old Godzilla movie and earning the stump its
Found two feet below water level, it was removed from the lake near the Moundwood-Dunns Pond-Waterbury area this summer. It was found while en route to remove another reported stump.
Taking two days to remove from its watery tomb, the relic was estimated to be as much as 300 years old. It weighed in at an amazing seven waterlogged tons, thanks to James Duff of C.E. Duff and Sons, Inc. of Huntsville, who volunteered their services in determining its weight. It was believed to have stood nearly 100-foot tall when alive.
The stump was extracted by Terry Tussing, Charlie Waugh, and Joe Moran, who credited mentor, retired maintenance supervisor Jack Beuschlein, whose expert techniques were used in raising the 14,000 pound behemoth. Mr. Moran related that "all we learned, we learned from Jack."
State Park Manager Dave Helgeson said the stump was the largest ever taken from this lake. After sinking the first barge it was placed on, the stump was transported from the area and will be permanently placed at the Nature Center located west of the State Park Campground.
|At Indian Lake, there are all kinds of places that most anyone can fish.
If you are confined to a wheelchair, or have a physical handicap, it would be
very difficult to get around and be able to enjoy fishing like most people do.
John Emrick, a Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War knows how difficult this
is because he has been bringing veterans from the veterans hospital to fish at
Indian Lake twice a week for many years. They spend about five hours fishing and
socializing before returning to the hospital. The local Aunt Millie's Restaurant
provides lunch for the veterans and the state park provides the fishing gear.
"The veterans we've brought up love it," Emrick said.
On Thursday, June 7, 2001, the handicap pier he dreamed of became a reality. A combined effort from local businesses and associations plus a grant from the Division of Wildlife made it possible. Construction of the project will cost about $30,000 Emrick said. Local organizations such as the Moose Lodge, Eagles, and Tamplin Trust Fund donated to the project. The state has agreed to plant trees and supply picnic tables to the pier area, he said. The Sons of the Amvets donated $1000.00 and the Indian Lake Moose Family Center #1533 donated $2000.00 to get the project started. There will be a Plaque made to honor all donors at the Pier site.
The location of the new pier is on state route 235 north between Old Field Beach and the Bass Pro Shop.
The 10-foot wide pier will extend 16 feet out onto the lake where it will bisect a 20-foot section of pier, forming a "T" shape.