Land for sale

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 11 properties for sale via online auction in December. The lands for sale include lakeshore in Itasca and St. Louis counties and rural, vacant land in Wadena County.

December 2022 online auction

The sale properties listed below will become available to view and bid on at on Thursday, Dec. 1. Bidding will close on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022.

Register for an account to ask questions or bid on properties via the MinnBid site.

There are eleven parcels currently for sale, please carefully review the Instructions and Terms and Conditions for online auction if you are interested in purchasing any of these properties. The instructions contain important information, such as the amount of down payment required for the sale, and other DNR auction sale procedures.


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Land sale web map

View an interactive map displaying the land sale parcels that will be available at the auction.

Minimum bids and property data sheets listed below are subject to adjustment to correct errors and omissions.

Lakeshore properties

  • Sale 31221 Itasca County, Splithand Lake South (16.25 acres) Minimum Bid: $175,000
  • Sale 31253 Itasca County, Burrows Lake S, O-A (1.9 acres) Minimum Bid: $175,000
  • Sale 31254 Itasca County, Burrows Lake GL8 (13.59 acres) Minimum Bid: $176,000
  • Sale 31391 Itasca County, Burrows Lake (2.9 acres) Minimum Bid: $40,000
  • Sale 31395 Itasca County, Burrows Lake (6.28 acres) Minimum Bid: $85,000
  • Sale 69242 St. Louis County, St. Mary’s Lake South (6 acres) Minimum Bid: $77,500

Rural properties

  • Sale 80246 Wadena County, Orton 12-1 (40 acres) Minimum Bid: $20,500
  • Sale 80247 Wadena County, Orton 12-2 (40 acres) Minimum Bid: $20,500
  • Sale 80249 Wadena County, Bullard 24-1 (6.6 acres) Minimum Bid: $8,500
  • Sale 80250 Wadena County, Bullard 20-1 (6 acres) Minimum Bid: $14,000
  • Sale 80252 Wadena County, Bullard 28-1 (<1 acre) Minimum Bid: $3,200

October oral auction results

  • Sale 02213 Anoka County, Oak Grove Twp (1.18 acres). Minimum Bid: $52,300. Sold for $52,300.
  • Sale 28216 Houston County, Cut Across Rd (0.5 acres) Minimum Bid: $4,000. Sold for $14,000.
  • Sale 80244 Wadena County, Bullard 36-2 (45 acres). Minimum Bid: $21,000. Sold for $21,000.
  • Sale 80245 Wadena County, Bullard 36-1 (38 acres). Minimum Bid: $16,000. Sold for $16,000.
  • Sale 80248 Wadena County, Bullard 36-3 & 4 (82 acre). Minimum Bid: $33,000. Sold for $50,000.
  • Sale 80250 Wadena County, Bullard 20-1 (6 acres). Minimum Bid: $14,000. No bids.
  • Sale 80251 Wadena County, Bullard 20-2 (3.75 acres). Minimum Bid: $11,500. Sold for $11,500.

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DNR land sale program

Minnesota is the largest landowner in the state with the DNR managing 5.6 million acres of its land. Continually working to improve the public land through strategic land asset management, the DNR regularly evaluates the state’s land holdings, looking for ways to improve conservation, recreation, and economic opportunities.

This active management of our land asset portfolio is one of the ways DNR meets its responsibility to the public and contributes to Minnesota’s exceptional quality of life. Land sales are a component of this work. The DNR coordinates the statutory and program requirements to sell state owned land that no longer meet the state’s needs. The most common way the DNR sells land is by public auction.

Why does the DNR sell land?
  • DNR works to improve its public land asset and sales are an important tool in managing public lands.
  • The DNR sells land because:
    • The land no longer meets conservation or recreation objectives.
    • Sale allows the state to maximize recreation, conservation and economic opportunities for citizens.
    • Sale resolves conflicting management uses.
    • Sale meets DNR’s fiduciary responsibilities on trust lands.
    • The legislature directs DNR to sell land.
  • Proceeds from sales are often re-invested in purchasing higher quality parcels.
How does the DNR sell land?

DNR sells land at public auctions. By following statutory requirements for the public auction the DNR provides a fair and open process to all members of the public.

  • DNR staff select and review parcels prior to sale.
  • The price is determined by appraisal staff or outside appraisers. By law, the price of the parcel cannot be less than the estimated or appraised value.
  • Notices of land sales are provided to other state agencies, local units of government, adjacent landowners and published on DNR’s land sale webpage.
When does the DNR sell land?

Public auctions are held once a year in the fall.

Parcels are advertised at the MN State Fair for the upcoming fall public auction.

Where does the DNR sell land?

Auctions are generally held at DNR or county offices near the parcels to be sold.

The DNR also has authority to sell land via online auction. This will be explored in the coming years.

Who are the main contacts at the DNR for land sales?
What if I have a question about a specific parcel of land the DNR manages?
  • Please have the legal description, including the county, township, section, range and forty available. It is also helpful to have a county tax identification number available.
  • Contact Regional land operations staff in the region where the county is located. See the Lands and Minerals regional contact map to identify your regional contact.
  • You can also contact the DNR through the land sale email, or land sale phone line, 651-259-5432.


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