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.
We only received about 2″ of snow overnight. Our trails remain closed for now. We are hoping to do some grooming/packing this week with our light drags. Snow is even marginal for that. The blowing snow will end up in our ditches and along our fence lines for us to drag around and pack in. We’ll keep you updated and hope to open trails as soon as we have enough snow to have tilled fields smooth, (or smoother).
We got 4-6″ (depending on want part of the County you’re in) of snow yesterday. It’s not quite enough to open trails, so our trails remain closed. We have started terracing with the groomers and have most of the gates open. All sloughs are packed and ice looks pretty safe overall. We’re hoping for more snowfall soon! Happy New year!
We finished packing the last of our sloughs today. Ice conditions are the best they have been in several years due to lower water in the sloughs. The down side to that is the edges are now frozen bogs as the water doesn’t cover them. Either way, we need snow to fill the bogs and fields. Thin ice should not hold us up this year. If we get sufficient snow cover, we will be able to open trails. Landowners, open your gates if you wish- to help us out. We’ll keep everyone updated as snow adds up! Check out our face book page. Thanks.