Lake frontage, trail access, small lots to expand a neighborhood lot – these and more acreage types are available at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ upcoming Surplus Land Auction Round. The department is preparing 225 such properties for sale via online auctions in September and October.
Land is available in counties primarily in central/northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Counties include Allegan, Antrim, Bay, Crawford, Gladwin, Gogebic, Houghton, Lake, Lapeer, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oscoda, Otsego, Schoolcraft and Shiawassee. Several of the largest plots are in Allegan, Antrim, Newaygo, Oscoda and Otsego counties.
10 online auctions will be offered, presenting the land available by department:
September 8 – Shiawassee County.
September 9 – Counties Clare and Gladwin.
September 10 – Lapeer County.
September 17 – Allegan and Ottawa counties.
September 24 – Lake and Newaygo counties.
September 28 – Kalkaska, Missaukee and Wexford counties.
October 1 – Crawford, Oscoda and Otsego counties.
October 2 – County Antrim.
October 3 – Bay County.
October 5 – Gogebic, Houghton and Schoolcraft counties.
How auctions work
10 online auctions will be offered between September 8 and October 5. Interested bidders can pre-register and get more information about the auction schedule online at Tax-Sale.info. If you wish to bid on a property, you must register before the property’s auction date. Proxy bids can be made online up to 30 days before the auction.
the “interactive” the bidding portion of an auction will open at 10 a.m. on that auction date. At that time, bidders will be able to see the current highest bids for each property. Bidders can continue bidding on a property until 7 p.m., when bidding ends and the winning bidder is determined.
A detailed listing including minimum bid, square footage, and location information for properties on offer is available at Michigan.gov/LandForSale. Interested bidders are encouraged to consult the Land Sales and Auctions: Terms and Conditions web page.
Properties for sale range in size from less than one acre to 40 acres. Several parcels are wooded and have river or lake frontage and are best suited for private ownership. Much of the land offered in these auctions is isolated from other properties managed by the MNR, which creates management problems. Other parcels are included because they provide limited public recreation benefits.
Independent of the online auctions, the DNR offers additional properties (listed for sale at their former minimum bid prices) that have not sold in previous auctions. These properties are available for view and Buy Now only through the BuyNow listing.
For more information on the sale of surplus state-managed public land, contact Michael Michalek, Resource Specialist with MNR’s Real Estate Section, at 517-284-5950. Proceeds from the auction will help provide future outdoor recreation opportunities consistent with DNR’s mission to conserve, protect, and manage the state’s natural and cultural resources for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. future.
Long-term land strategy, public participation
The DNR cares for approximately 4.6 million acres of public lands – state parks, trails, forests, hunting grounds and other outdoor recreation resources – owned by Michigan residents. The ministry is guided by a public lands strategy to make management decisions about these lands. Sales of surplus land that no longer corresponds to the department’s strategy is only one of these management tools.
The current land strategy, created in 2013, is being updated this fall to prepare for final submission to the Michigan Legislature in July 2021. It is critical that the DNR hear from as wide an audience as possible to develop and finalize the updated land strategy, to ensure that all user groups and conservation perspectives are considered.
Right now, people are encouraged to visit Michigan.gov/PublicLands and do two things:
–Drop a pin on the interactive map showing the location of the public lands they value the most, then take a short three-question survey.
–Review details of the land strategy update process and timeline and watch for future meetings and other opportunities to share feedback on the plan.