DNR auction of surplus public land starts Dec. 11

Contact: Michael Michalek, 517-284-5950 or Scott Goeman, 517-284-5972
Agency: Natural Resources

Dec. 5, 2018

Most parcels located in central/northern Lower Michigan and Upper Peninsula

View of a winding road surrounded by mature autumn forestEighty-one individual land parcels in Michigan – ranging in size from less than an acre to 160 acres – will be available for sale by sealed-bid auction starting TuesdayDec. 11. The auction is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ overall strategy to efficiently manage public lands while maximizing outdoor recreation opportunities. Bids will be accepted through Jan. 9, 2019.

These surplus public land parcels are located in counties mainly in central/northern Lower Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula. Counties include Alpena, Antrim, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Lake, Livingston, Marquette, Menominee, Midland, Newaygo, Oakland, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Roscommon and Schoolcraft.

The lands identified for sale are isolated from other DNR-managed land, are difficult to manage and provide limited public recreation benefit. Several of the parcels are forested and have riverside or lake frontage and are better suited for private ownership. In addition, several large-acreage parcels are being offered in Alpena, Antrim, Clare, Houghton, Marquette, Menominee, Midland and Ogemaw counties.

View on Packham Lake, Antrim County, surrounded by mature autumn trees“Depending on what you’re looking for, any of these land parcels could fit nicely into future outdoor recreation or residential homesite plans,” said Scott Goeman, DNR Real Estate Services manager.

“We regularly review the lands we manage to determine which ones might be better suited for private ownership," Goeman said. "The 81 acres in this winter auction offer a variety of landscape and natural features that will be appealing to a number of buyers.”

Information on the auction, including the minimum bid price, property descriptions and conditions of sale is available at michigan.gov/landforsale. Individual property listings will not be available for bid until the Dec. 11 auction start date. At that time, instructions for submitting a bid and printable bid forms will be provided at michigan.gov/landforsale. Sealed bids must be postmarked by midnight Jan. 9 and will be opened Jan. 23.

Additional properties remaining unsold from previous auctions are also listed for sale (at the former minimum bid price) under DNR Surplus Land to Buy Now.

Request printed property information from:

DNR Real Estate Services Section
P.O. Box 30448
Lansing, MI 48909-7948

For more information about the sale of surplus, state-managed public land, contact Michael Michalek at 517-284-5950.

The proceeds from the sale of these lands will help provide future outdoor recreation opportunities in keeping with the DNR’s mission.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to michigan.gov/dnr.

Accompanying photos of some of the parcels available in the DNR's upcoming surplus lands auction are available below for download. Caption information follows.