About DATA

The Douglas Area Trails Association is a non-profit corporation sponsored by Douglas County to build and maintain recreational trails. We currently maintain and groom 368 miles of snowmobile trails which includes the Central Lakes multi-season, multi-use blacktopped trail that diagonals across Douglas County from the Northwest to the Southeast.  We currently use 4 Tucker Sno Cats to groom so we can maintain a twice per week schedule when needed.   Our Board of Directors meet monthly on the second Monday of each month at the Alexandria Holiday Inn to direct operations. Meetings are open to all DATA members so drop by if you are interested or would like to help.

Contact our office- 320-834-2033

2020/2021 Calendar of Events

July: Annual Landowner Appreciation Dinner
August: Annual meeting- second Monday
September: Trail work resumes
October: Membership/ Sponsorship renewals
November: Trail signing and final preparation
December: Trails open – if snow
January: Weekly trail ride- meet at DC fairgrounds- for more info, contact DATA office 320-834-2033 or Ollie’s -320-763-4455

February: grooming  

March: Grooming continues (if snow)
April:   Trails close for season


  1. Landowner permission to operate the DATA Trail exists only from December 1st of each year to the 30th of March.  The only permissible use is for snowmobiling!
  2. The actual opening date for trail usage depends on the local trail association’s announcement that conditions are safe and there is sufficient snow cover and ice thickness.
  3. Our private Landowners are gracious enough to allow trails through their property, so please respect them by staying on the trail!
  4. Our trails are patrolled by both the Douglas County Sheriff’s department and our local Conservation Officers.

Trail Sponsorship

To thank the many snowmobilers and businesses who support our efforts, we began the Sponsor-a-Trail program in 1990. Like the Adopt-a-Highway program, special signage recognizing contributions are erected on the DATA trails each season. Contributions can be in the form of cash, merchandise or material, equipment or special services. Each sponsored mile represents a $100 contribution and the two brown and white signs are located on each side of a designated trail mile of the contributors choice (pending availability).

Sponsor a Trail Form



Advanced Automotive & Off Road LLC
Aflac/Terry Anderson
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
Alexandria Eagles
Alexandria Industries
Alexandria Technical College
Alex Concrete
Alex Light & Power
Alex Power Equipment
Alex Rubbish & Recycling
Alex / Viking Towing
Andes Tower Hills
Aqua Marine
Auto Value

Bear Track Products
Becker Auto Repair
Best Western
BlackRidge Bank
BM Gagnon & Assoc.
Bob’s Backhoe Service
Boomerang Sports
Brad, Jackie & Angelina Caron
Bremer Bank
Brophy Bay
Brophy Lake Resort
Brothers Market
Bright Seeds

Cenex Convenience Store
Certified Auto Plaza
Carlos Creek Winery
Cool 94.3
Country Cat
Cruise Inn

DS Powersports
Day’s Inn
Depot Express
Diamond Jim’s
Dick’s Standard

Elden’s Fresh Foods
Elks Lodge
Evansville Sport & Lawn
Explore Alexandria Tourism

Fairfield Inn
Ferguson Bros. Excavating
Ferguson Paving

Garfield Truss
Gary’s Auto Glass

Haburn CPA, LLC
Head of the Lakes Resort
Herby’s Cafe
Hiway Amoco
Holiday Inn

I. T. W. Heartland
In Memory of Harlan Olson
Integrity Title

Jan’s Place
Joe’s Gas & Deli
Juettner Motors

Karrow Jewelers
Kevin Beilke
Knight’s Pub

L J’s Food & Liquor
Lake Darling Resort
Lake Reno Inn
Lakes Area Lumber
Lakeside Dock & Lift
Leaf Valley Mercantile
Leaf Valley Sportsmen

Martinson Insurance
Melby Outpost
Millerville Municipal
Miltona Liquor Store
Miltona Meats

Ollie’s Service
Osakis Liquor
O Town Tavern

Paul & Margaret Roers
Paul Davis Restoration
Pauls Small Engine
Pomp’s Tire
Prairie Event Center

Quality Inn

Range Printing
Redbirds Sports Grill
Rocket Electric
Ron’s Warehouse
Rose City Bar & Grill
Runestone Electric Association

Sammy’s 1 Stop
Schaeffer Oil
Schaffer Powersports
Servicemaster of the Lakes Area
Snow Tech Magazine
Soderholm Insurance Services
Sport Salvage
State Street Café
Sunrise Sprinklers
Super 8

Tanners Mowing & More
1000 Lakes Brewery
Tom & Linda Akenson
Track Inc.
Traut Wells
2 Sleds and a Trailer

Viking Garage Door
Viking Pawn
Voyager Industries
VSJ Machine Design

Westridge Resort
Winning Edge Graphics

Zimny Insurance Agency

DATA Charities

The Douglas Area Trails Association also supports a wide variety of local youth activities. Listed below are the entities supported by DATA Charities.

  • St. Mary’s School
  • Alexandria Youth Trap League
  • Douglas County 4-H
  • Viking Sportsman-Outdoor Activity Day
  • Girl Scouts
  • Fight Against Child Abuse
  • Love Inc.
  • Let’s Go Fishing
  • West Central Area School
  • Alex Area Youth Trap League
  • Miltona Magnet School
  • Mn USA Veterans
  • Alex Food Shelf
  • Chippewans 4H
  • Osakis Trap Team
  • Glenwood Trap Team