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 currently closed. We are in the process of replacing faded or broken trail marking signage, and hanging our sponsor and junction signage. We should finish signing this coming week. After that, we will begin packing cattails, and brushing wet (frozen) areas. Groomers are ready and waiting for sufficient snowfall! If you have gates on your property and the livestock is out for the season, you could help us out by opening up your gates to save us some time when we get to them. Thanks everyone.
DATA trails are closed. The earliest they could potentially be open would be Dec 1st pending sufficient snow and ice. Please stay off trails until further notice.
This week we are finishing up installation of wood posts, organizing signage, finishing some reroutes in town, getting grooming equipment and cattail packing equipment ready, and working on the Central Lakes Trail.
Hello to All: The DATA trails are closed! We will open trails as soon as our wok is done, ponds are frozen, signs are up, and deer season is over. Our earliest opening date would be Dec 1st. Please stay off private property unless you have permission to be there- this is how we lose sections of trail. Early snow, no frost, damage as a result. Yes we have some early snow which is great, but please be mindful of what your out doing. Thanks