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.
By tomorrow we will have groomed the entire system once (many trails twice) with our small packing drags. We terraced and filled ditches and creek crossings as best we could with the snow we had. The road ditches, fence lines and most wooded parcels have decent snow, but the fields are still very rough and need more snow. We need to keep our trails closed for now until we have more snow. Trails are simply not smooth or safe to ride yet. Looks like next week we should see enough snow to get trails opened then. We will proceed with grooming at that point as well. We’ll keep you updated.
We only received 2″ from the last snowfall, but we will be going out today with the groomers and small drags to start packing trails. We will start with the Hunt Lake, Chippewa, Woodland loop and the Arrowwood, Inspiration, Big Ole, Buttermilk, South, Viking loop. Trails are closed for now.
Our trails remain closed due to insufficient snow cover. Current trail grooming is minimal.
This is Snowmobile safety week. We want to remind everyone to be riding safely: keep your speed down, ride to the right side of the trail, wear your helmet, keep a safe 3-4 second distance between sleds while riding in groups, stay on the designated trails, let someone know where you are going if you’re going out alone- otherwise ride with a friend, beware of culverts, sign posts, etc., and leave alcohol at home until you get back.
There will be a safety training course held on Feb. 5th & 6th at Ollies Service 111 Donna Ave, Alexandria. Contact them to sign up- 320-763-4455.