Aug. 13, 2020
Surplus land sales are a regular part of the DNR’s public land strategy
|Lake frontage, trail access, small lots to extend a neighborhood lot – these types of acreage and more are available in the next round of surplus land auctions from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The department is busy preparing 225 such properties for sale via online auction in September and October.
Ten online auctions will be offered, featuring available land parcels by county:
Ten online auctions will be offered between Sept. 8 and Oct. 5. Interested bidders may pre-register and get more information about the online auction schedule at Tax-Sale.info. If you would like to bid on a property, you must register before the property’s auction date. Absentee bids can be made online up to 30 days before the auction.
The “interactive” bidding portion of an auction will open at 10 a.m. on that auction date. At that time, bidders will be able to see current high bids for each property. Bidders can continue to place bids on a property until 7 p.m. when bidding closes and the winning bidder is determined.
A detailed list including minimum bid, acreage, and location information of the properties offered can be found at Michigan.gov/LandForSale. Interested bidders are encouraged to review the Land Sales and Auctions: Terms and Conditions webpage.
|Properties for sale range in size from under an acre to 40 acres. Several parcels are forested and have riverside or lake frontage and are better suited for private ownership. Much of the land offered in these auctions are isolated from other DNR-managed property, which creates some management challenges. Other parcels are included because they offer limited public recreation benefits.
For more information about the sale of surplus, state-managed public land, contact Michael Michalek, resource specialist in the DNR's Real Estate Section, at 517-284-5950. Auction proceeds will help provide future outdoor recreation opportunities in keeping with the DNR’s mission to conserve, protect and manage the state’s natural and cultural resources for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.
The DNR takes care of about 4.6 million acres of public lands – state parks, trails, forests, hunting lands and more outdoor recreation resources – owned by Michigan residents. The department is guided by a public land strategy in making management decisions about those lands. Sales of surplus lands that no longer fit the department’s strategy are just one of those management tools.
The current land strategy, created in 2013, is undergoing an update this fall to prepare for final submission to the Michigan Legislature in July 2021. It’s critical that the DNR hears from as broad an audience as possible in developing and finalizing the updated land strategy, to ensure that all user groups and conservation perspectives are considered.
Right now, people are invited to visit Michigan.gov/PublicLands and do two things:
Dyer Lake, Missaukee County: A water view from a lot (DNR parcel #309603) on Dyer Lake in Missaukee County.
Lake Marjory, Otsego County: A view from a 3.7-acre lot (DNR parcels 405577 and 405603) with access on Boardwalk Road near Lake Marjory in Otsego County.
Map - Glenwood Park sub, Allegan County: An example of the types of platted lots available in a variety of planned subdivisions. Most such parcels would be of interest to current lot owners adjacent to the available parcels. This map shows lots offered in the Glenwood Park subdivision near Pullman in Allegan County.