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

2019/2020 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: Wed trail ride- meet at DC fairgrounds @ 10 AM- contact Ollie’s for more info – 763-4455
February – 6th -9th – MnUSA Winter Rendezvous- Hampton Inn, Bemidji, Mn (hosted by Region One)

February 29th – Region 9 Meet and Greet @ Clitherall Crossroads

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).

2020 DATA Sponsor a Trail Request Form



Advanced Automotive
Aflac/Terry Anderson
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
Alexandria Eagles
Alexandria Industries
Alexandria Technical College
Alex Power Equipment
Alex Rubbish & Recycling
All Stop Gas & Deli
Alex Light & Power
Alex / Viking Towing
Andes Tower Hills
Auto Value

Bear Track Products
Becker Auto Repair
Berg’s Resort
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

Cedar Rose Inn
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
Doolittles Woodfire Grill

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

Fairfield Inn
Ferguson Bros. Excavating
Fire Station Bar & Grill

Garfield Truss
Gary’s Auto Glass
Geneva Beach Resort

Haburn CPA, LLC
Hampton Inn & Suites
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 Le Homme Dieu B & B
Lake Victoria Resort
Lakes Area Lumber
Leaf Valley Mercantile
Leaf Valley Sportsmen

Martinson Insurance
Maryview Beach Resort
Melby Outpost
Millerville Municipal
Miltona Liquor Store
Miltona Meats

Old Mill
Ollie’s Service
Osakis Liquor

Paul & Margaret Roers
Paul Davis Restoration
Pauls Small Engine
Prairie Event Center

Quality Inn

Redbirds Sports Grill
Rocket Electric
Ron’s Warehouse
Rose City Bar & Grill
Runestone Electric Association
Rusty Moose Resort

Sammy’s 1 Stop
Schaeffer Oil
Servicemaster of the Lakes Area
Shady Lawn Resort
Skyline Motel
Snap on Tools
SnowTech Magazine
Soderholm Insurance Services
Spectrum Printing
Spirit Cove Lodge
Sport Salvage
State Street Cafe
Sugarbush Lodge
Sunrise Sprinklers
Super 8

Thompson Heating
Tire Associates
Tom & Linda Akenson
Traut Wells

Vacationers Inn
Val Halla Villa Resort
Viking Bay Resort
Viking Garage Door
Viking Pawn
Villard Cenex
Voyager Industries
VSJ Machine Design

Wayside Farm LLC
Westridge Resort
Winning Edge Graphics
Woodland Resort

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.

  • Garfield School – District 206
  • Jingle Bells
  • St. Mary’s School
  • Alexandria Youth Trap League
  • Douglas County 4-H
  • Boy Scouts
  • 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