Location list how to bid

Location list how to bid

The Michigan DNR is almost ready to open its annual land auction for bidding.

There are 91 properties for sale via online auction for 2024, beginning in August and ending in early September. These include privately owned lakefront, riverfront and undeveloped, wooded lots.

Between August 2 and September 5, properties will be offered for sale in more than two dozen counties throughout Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula through 11 online auctions:

  • Friday, August 2 – Eaton and Livingston counties.

  • Tuesday, August 6 – Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties.

  • Wednesday, August 7 – Dickinson, Houghton, Marquette, Menominee and Ontonagon counties.

  • Thursday, August 8 – Crawford, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Otsego and Roscommon counties.

  • Friday, August 9 – Counties Antrim and Charlevoix.

  • Tuesday, August 13 – Alpena, Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties.

  • Wednesday, August 14 – Grand Traverse and Manistee counties.

  • Wednesday, August 21 – Arenac and Midland counties.

  • Thursday, August 22 – Macomb and St. Clair counties.

  • Tuesday, September 3 – Berrien County.

  • Thursday, September 5 – Genesee County.

How bidding works

Interested bidders can pre-register and obtain further information on the online auction schedule at If you wish to bid on a property, you must register before the property’s auction date. Absentee bids can be submitted up to 30 days before an auction.

The “interactive” bidding portion of an auction begins at 10am on the day of the auction. At this time, bidders can see the current high bids for each property. Bidders can bid on a property throughout the day until bidding ends at 7pm and the winner is determined.

For more information on the bidding process, available acreage, maps, and location information on the lands being offered, visit Interested bidders are encouraged to read the DNR’s Terms and Conditions for Land Sales.

Details of the property for sale

Many of the properties for sale are wooded and/or border roads or rivers, but are better suited for private ownership. Much of the land offered in these auctions is isolated from other DNR-managed properties, making management difficult. Other properties are included because they offer limited public recreation opportunities.

Some of the largest properties are located in Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Dickinson, Eaton, Grand Traverse, Livingston, Luce, Manistee, Marquette, Menominee, Midland, Ogemaw, Otsego and Presque Isle Counties.

Lakefront and riverfront properties are available in Cheboygan, Chippewa, Houghton, Luce, Marquette, Menominee, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Otsego and St. Clair Counties.

Other details:

  • The size of the lots for sale ranges from less than one acre to 160 acres.

  • Many of the surplus properties highlighted in this round of auctions are located in Cheboygan, Manistee, Menominee, Ogemaw and Otsego counties.

  • More than 30 available lots are 40 acres or larger and are mostly spread across the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.

Notable barrier-free* waterfront properties include:

  • A property in Chippewa County with frontage on Trout Lake (Lot #10021).

  • A property in Otsego County with frontage on Seminole Lake (Lot #10074).

  • A property in Ogemaw County on Elk Lake (Lot #10067).

In addition, notable large plots of land that are accessible* include:

  • An 80-acre parcel of land in Grand Traverse County along Fife Lake Road (Lot #10028).

  • A 39-acre property in Eaton County on E. Broadway Highway (Lot #10024).

  • A 50-acre property in Livingston County on Cunningham Lake Road (Lot #10032).

  • Several properties in Ogemaw and Otsego counties ranging in size from 40 to 120 acres (lot numbers 10065, 10066, 10068, 10069, 10070, 10075, 10078 and 10084).

*Some parcels managed by the DNR are landlocked because they are surrounded by private landowners and are therefore inaccessible to anyone who is not an adjacent landowner. “Accessible” here means they are legally accessible to anyone (on foot, by car, etc.).

Most of the properties offered for auction were determined to be surplus under the DNR’s state land audit, a multi-year study of isolated, state-managed lands that are 200 acres or less or that may be difficult to manage due to a significant private-public boundary. Certain properties, such as boat launches and designated hiking trails, were excluded from the audit because they were confirmed to contribute to the department’s mission.

Separate from the August/September online auctions, the DNR is offering additional properties (offered for sale at their previous reserve bid prices) that did not sell in previous auctions. These properties are only available for immediate purchase through the BuyNow listing.

For more information on selling surplus state-managed public lands, contact Michael Michalek, resource specialist in the DNR’s Real Estate Division, at 517-331-8387.

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