How to Bid in Auction of State Land

A 40-acre parcel in Gladwin County

Looking to own a piece of state property? Here's your chance.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer 80 parcels of surplus public land for sale by sealed-bid in an auction. Proceeds will help finance outdoor recreation.

Property listings will not be available for bid until the Dec. 12. At that time, instructions for submitting a bid and printable bid forms will be provided on the website. Mailed bids must be postmarked by midnight Jan. 10, and will be opened Jan. 24. More details are here. 

The land is mainly in central/northern Lower Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula, including Alpena, Arenac, Barry, Bay, Cheboygan, Dickinson, Gladwin, Iron, Kalkaska, Lake, Menominee, Midland, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Osceola, Oscoda and Roscommon counties.

A DNR release says:

Properties range in size from less than an acre to 146 acres. These lands are isolated from other DNR-managed public land, are difficult to manage and provide limited public outdoor recreation benefits. Several of the parcels are forested and have riverside or lake frontage and are better suited for private ownership. In addition, several large-acreage parcels are being offered in Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Menominee, Montmorency, Osceola and Roscommon counties.

A sampling of the properties up for bid:

  • Gladwin County: A 40-acre wooded lot in Grim Township.
  • Midland County: 7.8 acres of forested property in Larkin Township.
  • Lake County: Property at Thompsons Heights subdivision in Cherry Valley Township.

Additional properties from past auctions also are listed here for purchase at the former minimum bid price.

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