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!
Support the sport you love by becoming a Member this season! Family membership is $40 per year with $20 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 $40 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, Woodsmen Power Products, 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).
Our DATA Crew has been busy since mid August. We have the wooded parcels, CRP fields, and field edges mowed. We have 2 days left to finish hanging our signage for the 2019 winter. We have also been re-routing and adjusting trail segments as needed due to construction/trail improvement/trail safety/moving trail off water areas. There are several trail sections which have been improved.
Next week we will pack our sloughs (We have already crossed some while signing). There are still many which are unsafe to cross by ATV. After another 10 days of cold, we’ll be ready for snow!
Thanks to all Advertisers, and Sponsors who have supported again for this season!
Thanks to our Landowners- there is so much to see in Douglas County!
DATA trails are closed.
Well, we didn’t get the snow totals we had hoped. From 1-3 inches fell depending on where you are in located Douglas County. The trails are still open for now. We rode a good portion of the trail system today to check for deep water and trail conditions. We marked some water areas with caution signs and flagged off some other areas. All areas that we checked still had very thick ice below the water which is now on top.
The wooded areas are still OK. Ditches vary depending on what side your on. Tilled fields are pretty poor. The Central Lakes trail is also pretty poor. I wish I had a better update! Ride with caution if you go out. Beware of water!