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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.