This centuries old, red oak tree stump was removed from Indian Lake in July of 2000. 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 nickname "StumpZilla".
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."
Former 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 Recycling Center located west of the State Park Campground on State Route 235 N.