Looking For Property? DNR Public Land Auction Starts Tuesday

WWJ News
December 07, 2019 - 3:34 pm
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DNR parcels 129240, 376720 and 1040033 make up the 5.5 acres for sale on Lower Scott Lake in Allegan County. (photo: Michigan DNR)


(WWJ) - If you've been looking for property in Michigan, you might be about to hit the jackpot.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources launches its winter auction of surplus public land, offering 147 individual parcels ranging in size from less than an acre to 160 acres.

Lake views, river access, winding trails and more – in many prime locations throughout much of Michigan – are available. Bids will be accepted through Jan. 8, 2020.

Land is available in counties mainly in central/northern Lower Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula, including: Allegan, Alpena, Bay, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Iosco, Jackson, Kalkaska, Lake, Mackinac, Midland, Missaukee, Muskegon, Newaygo, Otsego, Saint Clair and Van Buren. Several of the largest parcels are in Alpena, Dickinson and Newaygo counties.

The auction is part of the DNR's strategy to efficiently manage public land while maximizing outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. 

"Much of the land offered at this auction is isolated from other DNR-managed property, which creates some management challenges. Other parcels are included because they offer limited public recreation benefits," Michael Michalek, DNR real estate resource specialist, said in a statement. "Several of the parcels are forested and have riverside or lake frontage and are better suited for private ownership."

Visit Michigan.gov/LandForSale for auction information including minimum bid prices, property descriptions and conditions of sale. Individual property listings will not be available for bid until the Dec. 10 auction start date. At that time, instructions for submitting a bid and printable bid forms will be provided at that webpage. Sealed bids must be postmarked by midnight Wednesday, Jan. 8, and will be opened Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Additional properties unsold from previous auctions also are listed for sale at their former minimum bid prices. These properties are available for immediate purchase.