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, Woodsmen Power Products, 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).
Trails are still open even though it got warmer this week than predicted and is making a mess! We had to close a section of the Bare Knob trail yesterday due to water areas in the swamp. This section is southeast of Parkers Prairie (it is possible to go around by road, as the rest of the trail is still open and does have decent snow). We will be grooming early again today to try to get as much covered as we can before the temp gets too high. Thanks.
DATA Trails are open for riding. We haven’t said that in too long! See the schedule on “trail info and map”. There are always some modifications due to groomer issues, but we try to stick to it if your planning a ride. We have groomed about 260 of 370 miles at least once. By 2 PM today should have 90 percent of the entire system done once. The loops are on their 2nd and 3rd groom, and we’ll also try to get the Central Lakes done one more time before the weekend- sun and weather permitting. We know we are losing snow daily (temps got even higher than expected this week), but we’re forcasted for some more snow Sunday/Monday. Thanks
We are out grooming all trails this week. We have some more terraces to build, ditches to fill in, but if today goes well, we should be able to open all trails for riding tomorrow. If you are out riding, ride the edges of the trails to help pack the snow down, rather than going right down the center. Check out the map which shows the days each trail is groomed.