Humorous cartoon aside, stumps (attached to the bottom tree buts that rise from the lake bottom) in the lake can be serious! Boats are damaged and people get injured because of unseen stumps every year. Sure, there is a place for them in the ecosystem, but navigation lanes, next to docks and the middle of recreational boating areas are not among them. The STUMPBOAT is the solution for ugly, dangerous stumps:


This custom built boat can remove stumps from around your dock and along your approach channel, in shallow water or in the middle of the lake. This portable, self-contained, entirely from-the-water process, removes the tree remnants to the lake bottom, or up to 11' below the water level- without disturbing the lake bottom or the shoreline! We float the equipment in and float the stumps out.

A lake full of stumps or only a few; large diameter or small, this boat can handle them! Our boat is maneuverable and can operate equally well in fairly shallow (minimum 30") or in deep water.

  • Boat lanes
  • Navigation channels
  • Lake perimeters
  • Clear cutting
  • Ski/recreation areas
  • Around docks
  • Near ramps
  • On lakes, rivers or ponds are among the services we can provide.

In 2011 a drought griped Texas and lake levels were down several feet- the silver lining? Some people recognized that opportunity was knocking and called STUMPBUSTERS. No longer lurking inches below the surface, the dangerous stumps were standing proud and were easy to locate!

One property owner guaranteed us a hundred stumps and to email other property owners on the lake about our service. We made the trip to Texas and worked for nearly a dozen property owners, removing more than 350 stumps; property values improved and parts of the lake became safer for boaters, swimmers and skiers.  We made two additional trips since that first one and behind many happy customers; we can come to your lake too!

Fall/Winter 2011 - Lake Livingston, Onalaska, TX. The Trinity River Authority observed, examined, studied and scrutinized our operation and issued a license which allowed us to cut and remove stumps from the crown jewel of their river system. We cut stumps for several customers before the water began rising; we expect to return when the water again recedes.

January 2012- We returned from our 4th trip to East Texas, for "encore performances" at Lake Conroe and Houston County Lake. Several hundred more stumps will cause no bodily harm or equipment damage...

Winter of 2015- Cut 1,000 stumps on a private lake in South Georgia for a ski area.

Summer of 2015- Cut approx 1,500 stumps on Lake Oconee.

Fall of 2015- Cut stumps for a property owner living on a neighborhood lake near Monroe, Georgia.

Fall of 2015- Cut stumps to create a boat lane at an Arkansas State Park.

  • We have a long (and growing) list of satisfied customers, so references are available upon request.
  • Please check out our FAQ and Gallery pages for more information, then call or email- I would welcome an opportunity to discuss how STUMPBUSTERS may be of service to you and your property.

Fall of 2016- Cut a 800 stump field on Lake Oconee. 

  • Our customer double checked our work using a drone.  We take very seriously our responsibility to locate and remove every one humanly possible!  The first two fields that were checked were cut a year ago when the lake was at full pool; today the lake is down about 3' due to drought, so the stumps outside of the cut zones (or any we might have missed) were standing tall and easy to see, along with any that had been lurking out of site (4-5' down) when the lake was at full pool.

October 2016- Cut an 1,100 stump field on Lake Palestine just south of Tyler, Tx.

  • Our customer/developer reports that prospective lot buyers are impressed with the stump-free water along their prospective water fronts.

November 2016- Removed stumps from a stumpy cove in Reynolds Landing on Lake Oconee.

  • returned to Arkansas to extend the boat lane started in October of '15;
  • Cut stumps in a cove on Lake Oconee for a campground.

December 2016/ January 2017- Cut more than 1,000 near the Redlands boat ramp on Lake Oconee.

Traveled to Lake Lanier and cut stumps hindering a floating boat dock.

August of 2017: The boat and crew were in New Jersey cutting more than a 1,000 stumps from the shallow waters of Greenwood Lake.

2018: We cut stumps in Oklahoma and made a return trip to New Jersy on stump cutting missions.

March 2019: We cut 1k stumps for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at 3 fishing ponds on a South Georgia Wildlife Management Area.  Lake levels were actually about a foot above normal when we did this job, so very few were visible to the naked eye.  Fishermen now have easier access to around on these ponds.

April 2019: Cut 250 stumps on a private lake near Sandersville, Ga, then traveled to Lake Blackshear near Cordele, Ga, where we dispensed with 97 stumps for a property owner seeking safer access to deeper water.

Our equipment and process continues to improve.  We recently added state of the art sonar which allows us to see in front of the boat and actually see stumps going into the saw in real time!  Compared to only a few years ago, we are more productive and more efficient at cutting stumps.  NOBODY ANYWHERE CAN CUT MORE STUMPS IN LESS TIME THAN STUMPBUSTERS!

Have several thousand stumps needing to be cut?  We now have the ability to put two fully capable boats on the task.

Note: If you don't hear from me within two days, assume I did not get your message and please try again- I promptly return calls and messages. Mark Johnson 706-255-6131;




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