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 an additional “Thank You” to the following who assisted/allowed trail reroutes to improve our system this year: Joe Minerath,Tom Blank, John Emblom, Rick Pomeranke, Don & Daryl Johnson, Verna Peterson, Alicia Johnson, David Lenarz, David Bitzan, Craig & Julie Haseman, Hayden Hanson, Herbert & Larry Hoppe, Bruce Waldvogel, Ross Nadgwick, Nott Company- Tom Thoen, Gary Sabolic, Les Dreger, Deb McCormick, Joe Wagner, Dennis Stende, Frank Foslein, Dennis Bitzan, City of Alexandria, Wade Nibbe, Darren Pederson, James & BJ Dodds, Dan Tetrick, and Don Riedel
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, 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.
DATA trails remain open for riding. With the recent temps, there are cattail and field areas with limited snow at this point, but much of the system is still holding up and in good, flat condition. We will be doing limited grooming this week.
We could use snow, but we are grooming this week. Trail base is still holding up quite well. We will do what we can to repair as needed and add snow where we can.
We are grooming this week. The trail base has held up well this winter! Yes, the snowpack gets hard, but we’ll continue to groom it, and keep it flat. There is some snow forecasted for our area. See schedule.