Located midway between the Twin Cities and Fargo-Moorhead, the Douglas Area Trails Association maintains 368 miles of snowmobile trails in west central Minnesota’s Hardwood Hills and River Prairie landscapes. With the abundance of lakes throughout Douglas County, the DATA Trails offer a combination of open flatland to heavily wooded, hilly riding opportunities. Snowmobilers often comment about the spectacular views and abundant wildlife they encounter while riding. Every community in Douglas County is connected by trail, so you are never far from food, gas, services, or accommodations. 36 miles of our system is the blacktopped, multi-use Central Lakes Trail which connects us to Fergus Falls to the north or the St. Cloud Area to the south. The Central Lakes Trail provides quick and easy access to trails all across Douglas County. Come to Douglas County a take a ride!
An additional “Thank You” to the people/businesses which allowed us to plug in groomers this winter at their locations overnight: Leaf Valley Mercantile, Jack Bitzan, Garfield Lumber, Joe’s Gas & Deli, Melby Outpost, DC Runestone Park, Brian Eastlund, Earl Anderson, Jason Enninga, Brothers Market- Miltona, John Wenner, Farm & Industrial Supply
Also a special “Thank You” to the following who assisted/allowed trail reroutes to improve our system this year: Mike Roers, LuAnn Waldoch, Peterson Legacy LLC, James Zabel, Juanita Then, Douglas County, Joe Guyette, Mike Hawkins, John Sward, Frank Trousil, Darren Radil, and Chad Bruzek.
Support the sport you love by becoming a Member this season! Family membership is $45 per year with $25 going to MNUSA, the state snowmobile trail association. Your membership contribution helps provide our trail insurance coverage, new trail developments, double grooming during the height of the winter season, and helps pay for our annual landowner appreciation dinner. The $45 combined membership is a great value so please support us by joining DATA! You can also obtain your membership at any of our local snowmobile dealers; Ollie’s Service, Boomerang Marine & Sports, Evansville Sports & Lawn, DS Powersports, and Country Cat in Sauk Centre.
Trail Stickers (Permits) are available at all electronic licensing sites (where hunting and fishing licenses are sold). All snowmobiles registered in another state or country must have a state snowmobile trail sticker when operating on state and GIA trails.
DATA trails are closed. We did get snowfall overnight ( 2″-6″) depending on where you are in the County. At this point in the season, considering last week’s temps and no trail base at all, and with the afternoon temps in the 40’s in the immediate forecast, it would not be smart to open the trails. Many of the small ponds are totally thawed out, and small creeks have running water. Wish this snow could have fallen in January.
We have been getting small amounts of snow every so often, but our trails remain closed. We don’t have sufficient snow to open trails.
We groomed our system once, and much of it twice. Snow is still too thin and fields are still too rough. DATA trails are closed until we get more snow.