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, 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.
Happy Saturday! We have worked long hours this fall/winter to get sloughs packed, and corn fields rerouted! We have a few projects remaining on 3 trails which we’ll keep closed until Monday. The Ottertail and Ready Riders trail remain closed due to standing corn fields- we will finish posting them Monday. Also, the Villard Hookup trail remains closed due to un safe ice- also will be safe by Monday.
Otherwise all other trails are open for riding!! Most of the system is terraced, with road crossings plowed out. Use caution as many trails have not yet been actually groomed. Ride wide in cattails to continue to compress the snow so we can cross with groomers sooner. The Moon ridge, Chippewa, Ida Valley loop is in good condition, as is the central lakes. The northeast trails have also been groomed once- some twice, and are in good condition. We will hit the trails full throttle this coming week with the groomers! Thanks to everyone! Enjoy the trails!
Today we have two groomers going – grooming/filling in ditches/clearing road crossing of rock hard snow!
We are hoping to finish packing the bad sloughs that we were not able to cross weeks ago. Also finishing corn reroutes today hopefully. Hoping to open all trails by Friday afternoon!
See grooming schedule.
The Central Lakes, Chippewa, Moon Ridge, and Ida Valley trails are open for riding. We are hoping to have rest of the system open by the upcoming weekend. Cold temps this week should make that possible I hope.
We have 2 groomers out terracing and opening road approaches. We have 2 more days of cattail packing with the remaining guys. We will be grooming the Chippewa, Moon ridge Ida Valley loop tomorrow. We’ll keep you updated.