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Michigan DNR land auction includes riparian land and 80 acres of forest
Michigan DNR land auction includes riparian land and 80 acres of forest

From lakefront properties to undeveloped lots nestled in woods, there are plenty of properties for sale at Michigan’s upcoming land auction.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has listed 91 properties for sale through online auctions for August and September.

These include shoreline on Trout Lake in Chippewa County and Seminole Lake in Otsego County. For those looking to go further north, there is an 80-acre parcel in Grand Traverse County and for someone looking for something closer, a 50-acre parcel in Livingston County.

The DNR puts lands up for auction for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they are not profitable to manage or access to them is not practical for government purposes.

A complete list of properties for sale can be found here.

If an interested buyer finds something they like, they must pre-register at www.tax-sale.info. Bids are placed whenever the county’s properties are auctioned.

The state has created a schedule that begins on August 2 in Easton and Livingston counties. From there, auctions will continue throughout the month and into early September. While bidding is underway, bids can be placed starting at 10 a.m. and will be open until the auctions end at 7 p.m.

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

If you are looking for waterfront property, try one of the locations in Cheboygan, Chippewa, Houghton, Luce, Marquette, Menominee, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Otsego and St. Clair Counties.

Highlights include:

1.1 acres in Chippewa County

Chippewa County along Trout Lake Township

  • Lot No. 10021 in Chippewa County
  • $27,500 and 1.1 acres
  • Includes 200 feet of frontage along Trout Lake

0.17 acres in Otsego County

Otsego County along Seminole Lake

  • Lot No. 10074 in Otsego County
  • $6,750 and 0.17 acres
  • Includes 65 feet of water frontage on Seminole Lake, near the Mohawk Trail junction

0.03 acres in Ogemaw County

Ogemaw County at Elk Lake

  • Lot No. 10067 in Ogemaw County
  • $6,200 and 0.03 acres
  • The property features 33 feet of lakefront on Elk Lake, located approximately 13 miles southwest of West Branch.

80 acres in Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse County with undeveloped forest land

  • Lot No.: 10028
  • $78,000 and 80 acres
  • The property includes a lot of free forest land with road access

39 Acres in Eaton County

Eaton County with enough space for a building

  • Lot No.: 10024
  • $94,000 and 39 acres
  • The property includes a large forest surrounded by two private landowners and road access to the Broadway Highway.

Auction schedule

  • 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.

By Isla