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DNR to auction off 81 state parcels beginning December 11

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Antrim County - Cedar River. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced an upcoming auction to sell off 81 parcels of state land. (Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

MICH. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced an upcoming auction to sell off 81 parcels of state land.

The parcels range in size from less than one acre to 160 acres and are located throughout the state.

Most of the parcels are located in the central/northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.

The parcels identified for sale are isolated from state-managed lands, are difficult to manage and provide limited public recreational benefit, according to the DNR.

Several of the parcels are forested and have riverside or lake access.

“Depending on what you’re looking for, any of these land parcels could fit nicely into future outdoor recreation or residential home site plans,” said Scott Goeman, DNR Real Estate Services manager.

The sealed-bid auction starts Tuesday, December 11 and runs through midnight of January 9.

Counties include Alpena, Antrim, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Lake, Livingston, Marquette, Menominee, Midland, Newaygo, Oakland, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Roscommon and Schoolcraft.

The auction is part of the DNR’s overall strategy to more efficiently manage public lands while maximizing outdoor recreation opportunities.

“We regularly review the lands we manage to determine which ones might be better suited for private ownership," Goeman said. "The 81 acres in this winter auction offer a variety of landscape and natural features that will be appealing to a number of buyers.”

Information on the auction, including the minimum bid price, property descriptions and conditions of sale is available here.