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RLPOA Financial News

We are about to close the books on 2017 for RLPOA. Our finances are generally in good shape. We currently have a CPA volunteer looking over the records for 2017 and will file our IRS 990 form in the next couple months.

RLPOA relies on the support of our members to keep Round and Little Round Lakes clean and safe. Our primary sources of revenue are dues and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) donations. We have not raised the dues for a long time, yet our expenses continue to increase. Membership revenue is up 47% (increase in paid members combined with members pre-paying dues) this year which helps. Fortunately, last year our members stepped up and increased AIS donations 59% over the previous year.

For 2018, the membership dues will remain at $35/calendar year membership and we will continue to raise awareness for AIS donations.

We are off to a strong start with membership dues for 2018. 213 owners (or 31% of paid members in 2017) have already paid their dues. Of those, 24% also donated to AIS. If you have not yet paid, look for a membership notice postcard in your mail box in February.

We hope to exceed last year’s membership numbers and total donations to RLPOA, and we could use your help! Please spread the word about RLPOA to your lake neighbors and friends.

Be Aware of Ice Heaves on the Lake!

Ice Heave To all Round Lake snowmobilers! For the past few years, there has risen some massive ice-heaves on Round Lake as you approach Muskie Bay. They range from 12-36 inches high.

They are off the main Big Round Lake snowmobile trail but there are still quiet a few sleds that cut across there all the time. The heaves are not centralized but run hundreds of yards. Please be aware of these (especially at night) and be safe on the trails. If you hit one of these, it is literally like hitting a cement wall.

Discount on RLPOA Clothing and Merchandise

As a 2017 thank you, we are offering a 25% discount on all in stock, RLPOA clothing and merchandise at OC Outfitters. These items make great gifts and we need to clear this inventory to make room for new items in the spring. Bring this coupon with you when you shop.

OC Outfitters, 13951 W Chippewa Trail Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
Located on Country Road B across from Big Fish golf course.

To print coupon, click here. Coupon

Holiday Greeting and RLPOA Highlights

On behalf of the RLPOA Board of Directors, thank you for your support of the association in 2017. The following are some of the year’s highlights:
  • Membership numbers are up! There are 402 RLPOA members, which is 58% of property owners. If you see your neighbors this winter/spring, please spread the word about RLPOA.
  • 156 members (40%) donated $12,071 to the AIS treatment fund. If your employer has a matching donation program, your AIS contribution may qualify. Jodi and Tony Bluske used a company match program and payroll deduction to contribute $685.
  • Twelve acres of Eurasian milfoil were treated in Round Lake at a cost of $22,050. Treatment included chemical and DASH harvesting.
  • An electronic water level meter was installed in Musky Bay to measure lake elevation. The intent is to provide real time water level and weather information in 2018 on the RLPOA website.
  • Clean boats ambassadors (ramp monitors) worked over 400 hours educating boaters and inspecting boats to prevent the spread of AIS. These are paid positions with flexible hours. Contact Jim Gaul if you are interested in a position for next summer.

In this holiday season of giving, please consider making a year-end donation to support AIS treatment efforts. Payment of your 2018 membership dues are also being accepted at this time. Annual membership is $35. RLPOA is a 501(c)(3) designated non-profit, your contributions may be tax-deductible.

Send AIS Donations and/or 2018 membership payment to:
RLPOA PO Box 1070 Hayward, WI 54843

Thank you for helping keep Round and Little Round Lakes clean and safe. We appreciate your support through monetary means and volunteer efforts. If you are interested in becoming a member of the board or a volunteer, contact any board member or include a note with your payment.

Happy holidays from the board!
Dan Kollodge, Joan Buerhle, Kevin Bushnick, Jim Gaul, Marty Hanson, Jim Kron

Aquatic Invasive Species Update – December 2017

Using your generous AIS contributions and membership dues, RLPOA funded two methods of Eurasian water milfoil treatment in 2017. In June, chemical treatment was applied to treat approximately six acres of milfoil. In September a method called diver assisted suction harvesting (DASH) was used on Round Lake for the first time. With this method a diver uses a suction system to remove uprooted plants from the lake. The plants are sucked to the surface where they are collected in bags. The collected material is then composted. Over five days a team of three from TBS Lakefront Restoration & Diving removed approximately 10,000 pounds of the plant from three acres of Round Lake.

The AIS committee has been working on treatment activities for 2018 and beyond. The association has contracted with Sara Hatlili of Aquatic Plant and Habitat Services to write a grant application that will be submitted to the Wisconsin DNR in February 2018. This grant proposal will request funds from the state that will be used to fund AIS activities for the years 2018 through 2020.

DASH Crew 2017

Thank you to those on the lake that give of their time to monitor milfoil on the lake. A special thank you to those who generously donated monies to the AIS fund.

Erosion Survey Results

As mentioned in the RLPOA Spring 2017 newsletter, the Board conducted a survey this summer to gather information and feedback from our property owners on the impact of erosion and possible actions we could take on Round Lakes.

The survey was sent to the 380 property owners (including non-members) with an email address in our RLPOA database. 194 people responded, which is very good.

The results were shared at the RLPOA Membership Meeting on August 12. Click here for the results. The final question was open ended. The Board reviewed these results and comments. In the comment section, property owners provided a wide range of perspectives, opinions and suggestions around erosion, water level, waves from wake boards, water safety enforcement, milfoil, etc.

The RLPOA Board will continue to focus our efforts on water quality and water safety efforts. Check back to the RLPOA website and Facebook page for additional information on our areas of focus, including an update on our new water level device and our AIS efforts.

Special Note

RLPOA members have inquired about a recent mailing called Save Round Lakes. The Board of Directors is aware of a letter and survey that was sent to lake property owners from Mr. Jim Hausman.

The Board would like everyone to know that RLPOA was not involved in the creation and distribution of this survey. The RLPOA is not collaborating with Mr. Hausman in any manner and any questions regarding the content of the mailing should be directed to Mr. Hausman.

Highlights from the Membership Meeting on August 12

RLPOA Membership Meeting was held at Flat Creek Inn on August 12. About 80 people in attendance with 52 paid members, which is about a 20% increase from last year. Highlights include:

  • RLPOA membership is up significantly from last year
  • AIS donations are also up compared to last year
  • RLPOA expects ~$25,000 in cash reserves at end of 2017
  • Navigation buoys for Schoolhouse Bay scheduled to be replaced in 2018
  • Automated water level monitoring system has been installed on Round Lake
  • Milfoil treatment - chemicals in June / DASH the week of August 21
  • Osprey Creek educational presentation and Erosion Survey results discussed

DASH Work Scheduled for Round Lakes

DASH work scheduled August 21 to August 25

Diver Assisted Suction Harvest (DASH) by TSB Lakefront Restoration and Diving of Chippewa Falls, WI will be on Round and Little Round Lake from August 21 to August 25. They will be removing Eurasian Water Milfoil from the lakes.

Please be respectful of the workers and equipment and watch from a safe distance away. There will be divers and suction hoses in the water and personally safety is paramount. Also, please be courteous and limit your wake around the operation.

This is a new mechanical method of removing AIS. We performed chemical treatment earlier in the year. Milfoil is more visible later in the season when chemical treatment is not possible. Therefore, we are going back with this mechanical harvesting system to remove more plants. A map of currently observed or reported Milfoil sites is here. This year's DASH program may not get to all mapped sites--we are trying this new method to determine its effectiveness and capacity.

Here is a video showing DASH operations.

2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting August 12, 2017

The Round Lake Property Owner's Association is holding a general membership meeting on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Flat Creek Inn & Suites, 10290 State Hwy 27 South, Hayward, WI 54843. Come anytime after 9:00 a.m. to visit with the Board/greet your neighbors.

The following business will be discussed:

  • Review of the association's financial statement
  • Summary of events and actions the board committee's have taken in the past year
  • Voting for election of board nominees to the board
  • Question and answer session

The director's term of service for board members Kevin Bushnick and Joan Buehrle have expired. Both have agreed to be nominees for re-election for a three year term. In addition, there are three open board positions for which there are no nominees. If you are interested in becoming a director of the board or would like to volunteer to help with association activities, please come to the meeting, reach out to a board member, and/or send an email to Ask@RoundLakes.org.

Thank you for your support of RLPOA. We hope to see you on August 12.

AIS Chemical Treatment Completed

On Wednesday, June 21, Northern Environmental Compliance (NEC) of Hayward treated several areas of Eurasian Milfoil on Round and Little Round Lakes. This effort was coordinated with the Round Lake Property Owner’s Association under a permit issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Approximately 7.65 acres were treated in Hinton, Leder, Schoolhouse and Musky Bays. Click below for a copy of the permit and maps showing the treatment areas.

Note later this year we will be attacking Eurasian Milfoil using Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH). This method will be used as a follow-up treatment to those areas treated in June as well as new areas that are discovered. You can learn more about DASH by clicking here.

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Ice Heaving is a Natural Event

We reached out to Tom Seidl, Assistant Conservationist with the Sawyer County Zoning and Conservation department and asked about the ice heave damage on Round Lake this spring. Tom provided the response below (note click on the first line to view the attachment).

Attached is some information from MN regarding ice heaving. As you will see from reading the information, conditions this year were ideal for damage caused by ice heaves. The water level would have done little to change that.

The thing to remember with ice heaves is they are a naturally occurring event and while they do look destructive they can be beneficial as well. Ice heave create a barrier to runoff and help to keep impurities out of the lake. Ice heave also show the benefits of preserving and resorting a natural shoreline. Roots from trees and shrubs help hold the soil together and protect against erosion that can occur after an ice heave event. Also fallen trees along the shoreline help protect the shore from ice heaving by weakening the ice and reducing the ability of the ice to shove against the shoreline.


The Round Lake Property Owners' Association Board Members are pleased to share that there is a new shipment of Round Lake official logo wear at OC Outfitters. Besides t-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts, we also have baseball caps, blankets and cinch sacks, and wine bags. A portion of each sale is returned to RLPOA!

New Logo Items

Please stop by OC Outfitters, the bait and apparel shop located on Highway B across from the entrance of the Big Fish Golf, and check out the RLPOA merchandise. OC Outfitters is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. The sooner you get there, the better selection you will have. The clothing items make great Christmas gifts and that fleece blanket or baseball cap is a perfect gift for that hard-to-buy for neighbor or friend!