Looking for land? DNR public land auction begins Tuesday

Posted at 5:53 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 05:53:33-05

Looking for property? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is set to begin its winter auction of public land.

Starting Tuesday, Dec. 10, up for grabs are a surplus of public land including lake views, river access, winding trails. DNR is offering 147 individual parcels ranging in size from less than an acre to 160 acres.

Bids will be accepted through Jan. 8, 2020.

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

Land is available in counties mainly in central/northern Lower Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula. Counties include 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.

“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,” said Michael Michalek, DNR real estate resource specialist. “Several of the parcels are forested and have riverside or lake frontage and are better suited for private ownership.”

Sealed bids must be postmarked by midnight Wednesday, Jan. 8, and will be opened Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Click here for auction information including minimum bid prices, property descriptions and conditions of sale.