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).
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.
Happy Saturday to All!! We groomed the following trail loops yesterday and they are open this morning for riding. The Moon Ridge, Chippewa, Ida Valley loop. Also, the 2 Pole, Sikaso, Prairie loop as well as the South, Viking, and YMCA trails (to get back to the shop). Those trails are open for riding. The Central Lakes trail is also open (we’ll be regrooming it tomorrow after the new snow). We only groomed these dirt trails once, (and a second time today) so use caution as they are still rough in field areas. Please stay on marked trails and be safe! Thanks
Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6-7 inches of snow overnight in Garfield!! The Central Lakes trail is open for riding. The “dirt trails” are closed yet. We will be packing/grooming some of the dirt trails today. I’ll keep you posted as to when/what is open. Thanks.