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2020 RTLIA Meeting Dates

All meetings take place on Saturday mornings at the Trade Lake Town Hall, 11810 Town Hall Rd, Frederic, WI, 54837.  Meetings start at 9am.

*You do not need to be a member to join these meetings.

  • May 16th: The Trade Lake Township hall is temporarily closed due to gathering limitations. As such, the May Association meeting will be held by Zoom technology only.  As such, the Association needs your email address to send you login details for the meeting. Please send your email address (and membership fee hopefully but not required) to Scott at
  • June 27th
  • Round Lake Boat Parade – Stillson Rd,  TBD
  • Big Trade Boat Parade – Pickerel Point 12:00 Saturday, July 3rd
  • Big Trade Picnic – Pickerel Point, 1:00 Saturday, July 3rd
  • Long Trade Boat Parade – Sand Bar, TBD
  • Long Trade Picnic – TBD
  • August TBD
  • September 19th (Elections)

Secure Payment Now Enabled

RTLIA – Trade River Lakes News – January 2020

We now have secure payment setup for donations and memberships from this website.  Our site is encrypted meaning any transactions between you and our PayPal account are private and secure- see the padlock next to the tradelakeassoc address in your browser.

As with any online payments, we strongly suggest you use a credit card or your PayPal account to make membership and donation payments.  You are welcome to send a personal check if you like, just print the form from the [Memberships] page and mail to the address on the form.  In either case, your help is greatly appreciated!

Your membership dues are directly applied to the costs of the chemical treatments to keep our lakes clean.  None of the grants cover these costs 100% and each grant requires 25% to be paid by RTLIA members or donations.

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

Invasive Species Management and what it means for 2019

By David Blumer (, 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.


Pondweed and Milfoil Treatment

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.


September 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

September 16, 2017

 I. Call to order

The 2017 annual meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:00 am by Jason Klous.

II. Roll call

The following board members were present: Jason Klous, Tom Mayerhofer, Vicki Breault, Anne Heimkes Tuttle, Reid McFarlane, and Bill Pietrowski.

III. Treasurer’s Report

A. Total 2017 ytd:

  1. Income: $31,000
  2. Direct Lake Treatment Expenses: $16,085
  3. Total Administrative Expenses: $1,349
  4. Net Income: $14,460 Please note, we have yet to receive the invoices for the work that Matt Berg has done, which will reduce our net income.
  5. Treasurer’s financial report: Roger Breault motioned to accept, Dave Klous seconded the motion.

B. August 2017 meeting minutes read: Anne Tuttle motioned to accept, seconded by Roger Breault.

IV. Dave Blumer Lakes Update:

A. Current grant funding (2016-2017): Final year of 2 year AIS Control grant for all 4 lakes

  1. Limited money for AIS Control work on Long Trade, Round and Little Trade Lakes
  2. Need volunteer hours to match the grant

B. Final year of AIS Early Detection and Rapid Response Grant

  1. Limited money and EWM control work on Big Trade Lake
  2. Match requirements: physical removal and monitoring

C. It all ends this year. New grants need to be applied for in the next 6 months.

D. Aquatic Plant Management Plan: Will be completed for each lake by December 1, 2017. Plans will be posted on website in October.

E. Goals:

  1. Plant Management
  2. Healthy Lakes Grant projects (individuals)
  3. Water quality monitoring
  4. Be active lake stewards – be aware of invasive species (individuals)
  5. Implement management plans
  6. Long Trade Lake: Keep CLP and EWM under control and implement native plant restorations, and water quality plan
  7. Round Lake: Keep CLP and EWM under control, water quality plan, get lakeshore owners need to get involved
  8. Little Trade Lake: Keep CLP and EWM under control, lakeshore owners control invasive species, lakeshore owners need to get involved
  9. Big Trade Lake: Keep CLP and EWM under control, lakeshore owners control invasive species, lakeshore owners need to get involved

 V. Elections for 2017

A. President: No one was nominated or elected. President position is now vacant.

B. Round Lake representative: Bill Pietrowski was nominated by Roger Breault and reelected to the position.

C. Little Trade lake representative: Dan Freeman was nominated by Reid McFarlane and elected to the position.

VI. Officer Reports

A. Vicki Breault (VP – Long Trade Lake)

  1. Turn in volunteer hours and record on website
  2. Polk County going on Long Trade Lake doing property assessments

VII. Adjournment

Reid McFarlane motioned to adjourn the meeting, Bill Heimkes seconded the motion.  Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 10:00 am.

Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair

June 17, 2017

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

June 17, 2017


I. Call to order

The first 2017 regular meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:01 am by Jason Klous.

II. Roll call

The following board members were present: Jason Klous and Vicki Breault.

III. Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer on vacation, we’ll post to website in 2 weeks.

IV. Elections for 2017

Up for election this year is President and Round Lake representative in September at the annual meeting.

V. Upcoming Meetings

A. No July meetings; picnics instead

  1. Long Trade Lake boat parade, July 1 at 2pm, start at the sandbar
  2. Big Trade Lake picnic and boat parade July 1 at noon. There have been complaints about balloons polluting the lake.  If you choose to participate please use biodegradable balloons. An idea was brought up to use Nerf guns as an alternative to balloons.  Big Trade Lake picnic will be in the field adjacent to the boat landing after the boat parade.
  3. Round Lake will most likely have a boat parade on July 4 at noon, according to Pete Kane.

B. Long Trade Lake picnic July 15, noon at Atlas park. Round Lake included.

  1. August 19
  2. September 16
    1. Elections for President and Round Lake representatives

VI. President’s Report

A. Start exploring grant options for 2018 and beyond

  1. AIS grant possibilities – Done this year, we may apply for another grant in the future. Need volunteer hours to apply.
  2. Renewed focus on the Healthy Lakes Grant
    1. Applications on the website or contact your lake representative. Send in by February 2018 for Spring 2018
  3. Purple loosestrife beetles ready to release around July 1 on Round Lake

VII. Officer Reports

A. Vicki Breault (Long Trade Lake)

  1. Invert Workshop
    1. Next Friday, 6/23 at 3pm Polk County will do bug identification at Breault’s pole shed. Need volunteers to help identify. We’ll receive volunteer hours for grants.
  2. Long Trade Sechi disk reading
    1. Record 6 feet reading a week ago on 6/9.

VIII. Adjournment

Bill Heimkes motioned to adjourn the meeting, Roger Breault seconded the motion.  Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 9:32 am.


Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair