DNR is auctioning properties across the state, including lakefront lots
(State of Michigan, July 5, 2022)
Lake frontage, river frontage, or vacant wooded area surrounded by private land – these types of parcels are available at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ next round of surplus public land auctions, August 2 through September 9.
The department is preparing 188 such properties for sale in August and early September. Land is available in the lower and upper peninsulas. Fifteen online auctions will be offered, featuring vacant lots in the following counties on these dates:
- August 2 – Washtenaw.
- August 4 – Hurons.
- August 5 – Arenac and Iosco.
- August 11 – Macomb, Saint Clair and Sanilac.
- August 16 – Saint Joseph.
- August 18 – Berrien and Van Burien.
- August 23 – Lake.
- August 26 – Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac.
- August 30 – Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Marquette and Ontonagon.
- August 31 – Antrim and Charlevoix.
- September 1 – Roscommon.
- September 6 – Alcona and Alpena.
- September 7 – Emmet.
- September 8 – Mason, Newaygo and Oceana.
- September 9 – Grande Traverse.
How auctions work
You can pre-register and get more information about the online auction schedule at Tax-Vente.info. If you wish to bid on a property, you must register before the property’s auction date. Proxy bids can be made up to 30 days before the auction.
The “interactive” bidding portion of an auction will open at 10:00 a.m. on the day of that auction. At that time, you can see the current highest bids for each property. You can continue bidding on a property until 7 p.m., when the auction ends and the winning bid is determined.
Visit Michigan.gov/LandForSale for information including minimum offer, area and location information on available properties, as well as maps and more. Interested bidders are also encouraged to review the MNR Land Sales: Terms and Conditions.
Properties for sale range in size from less than one acre to 160 acres. Many of the surplus properties highlighted in the auction are in Chippewa, Dickinson, Grand Traverse, Luce, Marquette and Saint Clair counties.
There are around 50 properties of 40 acres or more available, mostly in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Notable waterfront properties include:
- A Chippewa County property with frontage on Lake Garkinghouse (lot 99037).
- A Dickinson County parcel fronting on the Sturgeon River (lot 99061).
- Two properties in Gogebic County along the Montreal River (lots 99065 and 99066).
- A Mackinac County property with frontage on South Manistique Lake (lot 99116).
- A property in Marquette County along the Escanaba River (lot 99140).
Many parcels are wooded and/or have road frontages better suited to 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 goods are available for immediate purchase only via the Buy now listing.
Auction proceeds 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.
State Land Auctions and Review
Most of the properties included in the auction were designated as surplus in the DNR’s state land review. The review aims to examine isolated state-run parcels of 200 acres or less with a significant private-public boundary. The review process is conducted on a county-by-county basis across the state. Public comments may be made for a particular group of counties before the DNR Director makes a final decision on a parcel. To learn more about the state land review and the strategies used to administer public lands, visit Michigan.gov/PublicLands.
For more information on the sale of surplus state-managed public land, contact Michael Michalek, Resource Specialist with MNR’s Real Estate Section, at 517-331-8387.