Division of Lands & Minerals


Land for Sale

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Why the DNR sells land

The DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state land, and is continually working to improve its land portfolio by selling lands that no longer meet conservation or recreation needs. These land sales are done in consultation with DNR staff, local government officials and others to ensure the state’s public land base meets the recreational needs of its citizens, continues to provide ecological benefits like clean air and water, supports natural resource-based economies, and maintains habitat for a broad variety of fish and wildlife needs. Dollars from many land sales are strategically reinvested in high-quality land purchases that will fulfill the state’s conservation, recreation, and economic needs into the future.

Public land sale auction

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 14 parcels in three public oral bid auctions in December. One parcel will be auctioned Thursday, December 14 in Fergus Falls, five parcels will be auctioned in Bemidji on December 15 and eight parcels will be auctioned in St. Paul on December 18. See below for additional information about the auctions.

The properties include unimproved recreational land in Anoka, Beltrami, Big Stone, Houston, Hubbard, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Meeker, Norman, Otter Tail, Pine, Wabasha, Wadena and St. Louis counties.


The DNR will conduct oral auctions for the land sale parcels on the following dates and locations. Registration starts a half hour prior to the auction.

  1. Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Fergus Falls DNR Office, Conference Room, 1509 1st Avenue North, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.
  2. Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave NW, Suite 102, Bemidji, MN 56601.
  3. Monday, December 18th at 2 p.m. at the DNR Central Office, Lobby Conference Room, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, 55155.


The file linked below provides detailed instructions for oral bid auction and terms and conditions of sale.
Bid auction instructions, terms and conditions » (.pdf)

Parcels for Sale

West Central Oral Bid Auction
Parcel in Big Stone County
Thursday, December 14, 2 p.m. with 1:30 p.m. registration
Fergus Falls DNR Office
Conference Room
1509 1st Avenue North
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Big Stone County

Otter Tail County - This parcel was removed from sale

Northwest and Northeast Region Oral Bid Auction
Parcels in Beltrami, Hubbard, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Norman, Wadena, St. Louis Counties
Friday, December 15, 2017, 10 a.m. with 9:30 a.m. registration
Beltrami County Administration Building
701 Minnesota Avenue NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Beltrami County

Hubbard County

Koochiching County

Mahnomen County - This parcel was removed from sale

Norman County - This parcel was removed from sale

Wadena County

St. Louis County

Central and Southern Region Oral Bid Auction
Parcels in Anoka, Houston, Meeker, Pine, Wabasha Counties
Monday, December 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. with 1:30 registration
DNR Central Office,
Lobby Conference Room
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, 55155

Anoka County

Houston County

Meeker County

Pine County

Wabasha County


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Land Sale Web Map

View an interactive map displaying the land sale parcels that are available in the upcoming public auction.
Land Sale Web Map »

Land Sale Updates

Subscribe to this webpage for the latest information. You can also call (651) 259-5432, (888) MINNDNR or e-mail min.landsale@state.mn.us for information.


The Mn Dept of Transportation and Dept of Administration also periodically sell surplus property. Click on the links to find out more.