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, 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.
Snowmobile safety training classes will be held this Saturday- Call Ollie’s Service in Alexandria for more info. 320-763-4455.
Depending on where you are in the county, we received 6″-9″ of snow over the Thanksgiving weekend.
However, the Trails remain closed for now. After seeing several areas on the Central lakes trail this morning, we will keep it closed for now. While some of it may be “rideable”, there is not adequate snow cover in many areas.
The dirt trails will also remain closed for now. We will work hard this week to pack sloughs so the ice can improve. We also have some standing corn fields in which we’ll need to route around prior to opening trails.
If you are a Landowner with trails running through your pasture and you would like to help us out, open your gates for us. Thanks everyone! We’ll keep you updated.
We have spent last week and this week hanging signs, finishing posting, prepping groomers, and finishing trail reroutes. We will finish the signs Friday and early next week. There are still several areas to trim as we were unable to get to the low areas this year. We have very little ice to pack sloughs yet, but we will be starting that next week as well. Trails will remain closed for now regardless of the weekend snow totals. We’ll keep busy and attempt to get trails open as soon as we can. Thanks to everyone who makes our trail system possible!