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).
DATA trails are officially closed. We had OK snow and fair trails for about 10 days in the middle part of January. After the 4 days of 40+ degree temps with the rain, we lost most of it and haven’t seen much since. Hopefully we get another cold spell, with some more arctic blasts of snow where we could possibly re-open the trails. Frustrating.
The USXC cross country snowmobile race will run only from Winnipeg to Thief River Falls. Racers will not travel south to Parkers Prairie, Alex, Willmar etc. There simply isn’t snow for it again. They will try the complete race event (to Willmar) again next year.
Due to the temps and recent periods of rain, unfortunately, the trails are in poor condition. Hopefully, we’ll see some measureable snowfall in February.