Michigan DNR to Start Auction of Surplus Public Land Next Month

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced it will offer surplus public land for sale by sealed-bid auction between Dec. 6 and Jan. 10.

The auction will feature 58 parcels located in counties mainly in central/northern Lower Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula. Those counties include Arenac, Baraga, Chippewa, Clare, Gladwin, Lake, Mackinac, Manistee, Midland, Newaygo, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford.

Properties, which range in size from less than an acre to 77 acres, are isolated from other DNR-managed public land, are difficult to manage, and provide limited public recreation benefit.

Several large-acreage parcels are also being offered in Baraga, Clare, Midland, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford counties. 

“Our typical buyers are adjacent landowners who are interested in obtaining the property next door,” says Michael Michaelk, resource analyst at the Michigan DNR. “That being said, non-adjacent landowners do purchase DNR surplus property for recreational activities or as a getaway. Several of the auction parcels have lake or river frontage, which appeals to several potential buyers. In addition, these are vacant forested properties that also appeal to hunters.”

Information on the auction, including minimum bid price, property descriptions and conditions of sale, is available online.

Property listings will not be available for bid until the auction start date Dec. 6. At that time, instructions for submitting a bid and printable bid forms will also be available online. Sealed bids must be postmarked by midnight Jan. 10 and will be opened Jan. 24.

The proceeds from the sale of these lands will help provide future outdoor recreation opportunities in keeping with the mission of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Additional properties remaining unsold from previous auctions also are listed for sale at the former minimum bid price.

For more information, visit michigan.gov/landforsale

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