188 parcels of surplus state-managed land out there by way of on-line auctions | Outdoor


LANSING — Lakefront, riverfront, or vacant wooded land surrounded by privately owned land — these types of lots are up for grabs in the next round of Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ surplus public land auctions August 2-September 9 Resources) available (DNR).

The department is busy preparing 188 such properties for sale in August and early September. Land is available throughout the Lower and Upper Peninsula. On these dates, 15 free land online auctions will be offered in the following counties:

• August 2—Washtenaw.

• August 5th – Arenac and Iosco.

• August 11 – Macomb, Saint Clair and Sanilac.

• August 16 – St. Joseph.

• August 18 – Berrien and Van Burien.

• August 26 – Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac.

• August 30 – Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Marquette and Ontonagon.

• August 31 – Antrim and Charlevoix.

• September 1—Roscommon.

• 6 Sep – Alcona and Alpena.

• September 8th – Mason, Newaygo and Oceana.

• September 9th – Grand Traverse.

You can pre-register at Tax-Sale.info and get more information about the online auction schedule. If you wish to bid on a property, you must register prior to the property’s auction date. Absentee bids can be submitted up to 30 days before the auction.

The “interactive” bidding part of an auction starts at 10:00 am on this auction day. At this point you can see the current highest bids for each property. You can bid on an object until 7:00 p.m. when the bids are closed and the hammer price is determined.

Visit Michigan.gov/LandForSale for information including reserve price, area and location information on available lots, maps and more. Interested bidders are also encouraged to read the Terms and Conditions of Sale of DNR Land.

Properties for sale range in size from less than an acre to 160 acres. Many of the excess lots highlighted in the auction are located in Chippewa, Dickinson, Grand Traverse, Luce, Marquette and Saint Clair counties.

There are approximately 50 properties available, sized 40 acres or more, primarily in the Upper Peninsula and north of the Lower Peninsula. Notable features on the water are:

• A Chippewa County property fronting Garkinghouse Lake (lot 99037).

• A Dickinson County lot fronting the Sturgeon River (Lot 99061).

• Two properties in Gogebic County along the Montreal River (lots 99065 and 99066).

• A Mackinac County property fronting South Manistique Lake (lot 99116).

• A property in Marquette County along the Escanaba River (lot 99140).

Many lots are wooded and/or have street frontage better suited for private ownership. Much of the land offered in these auctions is isolated from other properties managed by DNR, presenting some management challenges. Other parcels are included because they offer limited public recreation benefits.

Aside from the online auctions, the DNR offers additional properties (which are for sale at their previous reserve prices) that have not sold in previous auctions. These properties are only available for immediate purchase via the buy it now list.

The auction proceeds help create future outdoor recreation opportunities that are consistent with the DNR’s mission to conserve, protect, and steward the state’s natural and cultural resources for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Auctions and government land appraisal

Most of the lots included in the auction were declared as surplus during the DNR’s state land audit. The review aims to examine isolated federally managed parcels of 200 acres or less with a significant private-public boundary. The review process is conducted nationwide from county to county. Public feedback may be provided for a specific set of districts before the DNR Director makes a final decision on a package. To learn more about state land testing and public lands management strategies, visit Michigan.gov/PublicLands.

For more information on the sale of excess federally managed public land, contact Michael Michalek, Resource Specialist in DNR’s Real Estate Division at 517-331-8387.