DNR auctioning off four properties in Arenac County
ARENAC COUNTY — Four 40-acre parcels currently owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are on the auction block until Aug. 7.
Three of the four properties listed on the DNR website are located in Moffatt Township, and one is in Arenac Township. Each of the property descriptions has reserved mineral rights. According to DNR Land Records and Research Specialist Patricia Harlow, there could be a couple of different reasons why the mineral rights are withheld.
“The mineral rights have been held out of sale for one reason or another,” she said. “It may be that we have the rights and we have them under lease. It may be that we never had the rights so we don’t have the rights to sell.”
The three Moffatt Township properties are all described as being north of Forest Lake and south of Maple Ridge Road. Two of the three have a minimum bid set at $48,000, with the third being listed at a minimum of $54,000. According to the DNR, the third property has a possible trail or dirt road access on its west boundary.
The parcel in Arenac Township is located a quarter mile northeast of the intersection of West Jose and South Lehman roads, and has a minimum bid of $48,000.
Harlow said the DNR conducts land sales on properties it acquires that are not feasible for public recreation.
“Over the last century the department has acquired, often by tax reversion, a number of parcels that are isolated and can’t be managed for public recreation,” she said. “We review those periodically and determine that they are surplus.”
“In general, these are parcels that kind of stand alone and there’s not adjoining state land,” Harlow said.
If no buyers meet the minimum bid amount, Harlow said the DNR may relist the properties.
“Occasionally, for one reason or another, we may want to relist a property for auction because there was an error or a change in the price,” she said.
Buyers can use the property for personal hunting property or build on them, as long as local building and zoning regulations permit it, Harlow said. Townships and municipalities can bid on the properties, she said.
Bids must be postmarked by Aug. 7. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/dnr, and click the “Doing Business” tab on the left side of the website, or contact Harlow at 517-284-5940.