More Fish, More Fun, Clean Water for Everyone!

Welcome to the Round-Trade Lake Improvement Association(RTLIA) website.   We are a group of lake enthusiasts made up of lake shore owners and lake neighbors working to preserve the health of our waters for all to enjoy. The group works with the DNR/State of Wisconsin to secure grants to treat invasive aquatic species and educate lake users to help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species. We cover our costs of the grants by applying volunteer hours towards them.  We are 100% dependent on membership dues and donations.

How can you help?  Become a member and/or enter lake shore cleanup hours.

See the Round-Trade Lake Improvement Association FAQ to get additional information about the association.

Review the Current Grants that RTLIA is working with and check out the approved tasks that can be applied to Volunteer Hours here.

Questions?  Contact us at rs.tradelakeassoc@gmail.com


Notice on Lake Buoys as of May 18, 2019: The RTLIA does not govern lake buoy placement- placement is managed by the Town Board where the lake resides except for Trade Lake, Wi.  At the April 18, 2019 Town Board Meeting a vote was taken to rescind the Town’s ordinance and responsibility for the buoys- motion was approved.  As of today, the DNR is responsible for the buoys on the rock piles or other underwater hazards but all other buoys are to be removed.  See Town Board Meeting Minutes for April 18, 2019

2019 Clean Boats Clean Waters Grant

The 2019 Boating Season is here!  Please take a minute to review this year’s Clean Boats Clean Waters page for more information on upcoming boat inspections and to learn how to inspect your boat for invasive species.  Click here for more information.

Coming to a boat launch near you!   

Invasive Species Management and what it means for 2019

By David Blumer (dblumerleaps@gmail.com), LEAPS, January 2019

The goal of aquatic plant management adopted by the Round Trade Lakes Improvement Association (RTLIA) for the Trade Lakes has been to control non-native aquatic plant species including curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM), and purple loosestrife (PL) from damaging the health of our lakes. In late 2017 the RTLIA applied for three grants, one for each lake. To our surprise, all three of these grants were awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the spring of 2018. We welcomed these grants because AIS management is very expensive including the use of chemical herbicides and physical removal. The grants support three years of CLP, EWM, and PL management on the four lakes.


Curly-leaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil suggested treatment costs are listed below.  Current grant is for 2018 – 2020.

                                     2018         2019
Long Trade:           $4,960      $11,507
Round Lake:       $12,320      $11,061
Little Trade:          $7,000             ↓
Big Trade:            $21,700      $21,638 -Big/Little


2018 Aquatic Plant Management Proposal and Completed Treatment:                                                                                    

Completed Round Trade Lakes 2018 Chemical Treatment of Curly-leaf Pondweed and Eurasian Watermilfoil- By Dave Blumer- LEAPS, August 7, 2018

Planning for chemical management of curly-leaf pondweed (CLP) and Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) in the Trade Lakes (Long Trade, Round, Little Trade, & Big Trade) began in late 2017 and continued through early 2018. Management planning was completed using funds from an existing Wisconsin DNR grant, but implementation in 2018 was dependent on receiving additional grant funding. Three Aquatic
Invasive Species Control grants were applied for in February 2018: one each for Long Trade Lake, Round Lake, and a combined grant application for Big and Little Trade Lakes. This grant funding was awarded to the tune of about $156,000.00 over three years. Along with this award about $52,000.00 worth of donated services, volunteer time, and cash are required as sponsor match over the same three years.