The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced a public auction of surplus land in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula from Dec. 12-Jan. 10.
The auction will include 80 properties located Alpena, Arenac, Barry, Bay, Cheboygan, Dickinson, Gladwin, Iron, Kalkaska, Lake, Menominee, Midland, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Osceola, Oscoda, and Roscommon counties. The total minimum price for all 80 lands adds up to around $1.2 million
Michael Michalek, resource analysis for the DNR, says proceeds from the auction will go toward future outdoor recreation and maintenance.
Many of the properties are forested with riverside or lake frontage and are suitable for private ownership. The lands range between less than an acre to 146 acres, with larger acreage parcels offered in several counties including Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Menominee, Montmorency, Osceola, and Roscommon.
The parcels are somewhat isolated from other DNR managed public land, and some can be difficult to manage, with limited public outdoor recreation benefits.
Bidding will be available starting Dec. 12 and instructions for submitting a bid will be provided on the DNR. Sealed bids must be postmarked by midnight on Jan. 10.
Additional information on the auction is available here.