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Annual DNR land auction may offer opportunities

Looking for a deal on wooded property that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? If so, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources might have just the ticket.

Starting next Tuesday, the agency will hold its annual winter auction of surplus public land. This time around, the DNR will offer 147 individual parcels ranging in size from less than an acre to 160 acres. Bids will be accepted through Jan. 8.

“Much of the land offered at this auction is isolated from other DNR-managed property, which creates some management challenges. Other parcels are included because they offer limited public recreation benefits,” Michael Michalek, DNR real estate resource specialist, said in a press release. “Several of the parcels are forested and have riverside or lake frontage and are better suited for private ownership.”

In the Upper Peninsula, the following counties contain one of more parcels: Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Mackinac. Downstate counties include Allegan, Alpena, Bay, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Iosco, Jackson, Kalkaska, Lake, Midland, Missaukee, Muskegon, Newaygo, Otsego, Saint Clair and Van Buren. Several of the largest parcels are in Alpena, Dickinson and Newaygo counties.

Visit Michigan.gov/ LandForSale for auction information including minimum bid prices, property descriptions and conditions of sale. Individual property listings will not be available for bid until the Dec. 10 auction start date. At that time, instructions for submitting a bid and printable bid forms will be provided at that website. Sealed bids must be postmarked by midnight Jan. 8 and will be opened Jan. 22.