The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Snowmobile Patrol consists of department deputy sheriffs who provide coverage about their scheduled hours.
These deputies provide coverage on the DATA trails located in Douglas County. The patrol is generally funded by grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Douglas County is known for providing a host of recreational activities including snowmobiling. By providing snowmobile patrol coverage, the department strives to ensure that all participants have a safe and enjoyable time while riding the trails. This is accomplished through both education and enforcement. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office assists with the Snowmobile Safety class as well as speaking at various events.
The department maintains two snowmobiles as well as a rescue trailer. This trailer is sued to assist in the transportation of injured people, such as cross country skiers and snowmobilers who are in isolated areas and need assistance. For the past several years, the department has also been awarded the use of a new snowmobile from Ski Doo. The snowmobile is used to supplement the current snowmobiles owned by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office recommends all riders take a certified snowmobile safety class. Please ride responsibly. Respect the property of others. Stay on the trails. Be courteous, and do not drink alcoholic beverages and ride. Be safe so you and others can continue to enjoy all Douglas County has to offer.