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.
Hello to All! As of today, we have received our second snowfall of the fall with more predicted in the next coming week! I think we are in for a fantastic winter! Remember to update your memberships, sponsorships, and sled licenses!
We are currently finishing up the areas which we feel need mowing and tree clearing- tree lines, CRP fields, and unmaintained wooded sections. We have 80 plus wood posts to install prior to the ground freezing totally up, as well as a few trail reroutes to finish up.
We will be hanging signs and prepping groomers the week of deer hunting to be ready to begin grooming when it is time!
Thanks to all involved to make our DATA trails possible!
DATA trails are closed for the season. Thanks to all who participate to make our trails available and enjoyable. We are already making plans and changes for next winter.
DATA Trails are open for this weekend. Although mother nature is taking over and weekend temps will be warm, there is enough snow pack to keep trails open for the weekend. We will most likely be closing them on Monday March 9th. If you go out, use caution as there are obviously bare spots, and the ice is getting soft. Please stay on trails to avoid any damage to alfalfa/lawns (and potential loss of trail segments) during the warm temps.
Thanks to all who make our trail system possible and available.