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The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for managing state-owned minerals in a manner that protects and enhances the lands for current and future generations. Minerals are developed in an orderly manner to optimize revenue consistent with other public interest and natural resource values.

Revenue from the leasing and sale of state-owned mineral rights translates into funding for the acquisition, development, and maintenance of local and state parks and other recreational areas, resulting in a wide range of recreational opportunities and access to Michigan's forests, trails, waterways, and beaches.

The DNR is responsible only for the leasing of state-owned mineral rights. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is responsible for all permits and regulations for the act of extracting the minerals from the land.

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Please call 517-284-5850 or email DNR-Minerals.

Screenshot of Minerals Management Interactive map, showing the state of Michigan and geologic features

Minerals map

This interactive map depicts geologic and mineral resource data for Michigan from sources including the DNR, EGLE and the Michigan Geological Survey. All of the data contained in the map is publicly available from other sources and is summarized here for ease of viewing, as well as the ability to search, query and analyze data.

View the minerals management map!

View the minerals management map tutorial! 


Many times mineral rights are separated from surface rights. While we do accept applications from surface owners for the purchase of the state-owned mineral rights on, within, or under their property, please know that there is a non-refundable application fee, and no guarantee that we will be able to release the requested rights.
Please email DNR-LeaseManagement before submitting an application.