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 currently closed. We do have 2-4 inches of snow depending on where you are in the County. We are currently finishing up packing and trimming cattail and other low areas which we couldn’t mow with our tractor this year. We’re hoping for a blast of snow soon so we can open trails and begin grooming! I will update more when trails open.
We have the trails brushed and trees cleared. Most of the signage is up. We are currently packing our cattail and slough areas in hopes that the next snow event doesn’t miss Douglas County!
We are behind with trail prep this year. It is mainly due to difficulty accessing trails through low areas. Most low spots that I mowed a year ago have 12-20 inches of water standing in them. We need to find alternate ways in to most of these spots, which isn’t usually easy. We are working extended hours to try to get everything mowed prior to deer hunting. We are optimistic for snow this year! Thanks to those who have helped out by cutting up downed trees for us. It helps keep our tractor/mower moving