Land for sale and auction update

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Fall 2020 land sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering 18 parcels for sale via sealed bid. The parcels for sale include rural and lakeshore properties, with many recreational opportunities. The properties include lands in Cass, Cook, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Pine, St. Louis and Wadena counties. This year, the DNR will provide a process for a sealed bid auction that does not require bidders to be present.

Reminder! Land sale bids due Thursday, Nov. 5.

The mail-in bid process is currently open to the public. If you are interested in purchasing rural or lakeshore property, all sealed bids must be received by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5. Bids should be sent to:

Department of Natural Resources
Division of Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045

All bid forms must be mailed in using the U.S. Postal Service. The DNR Central Office will not accept hand-delivered bid forms.

Bidders are advised to obtain property data sheets and be familiar with the properties, terms and conditions of sale, and price prior to completing a sealed bid form.

Instructions for sealed bid

Sealed bid form


Bid presentation

The coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines has made this year’s land sale sealed bid auction different from our usual public auctions.

WebEx will provide an online platform for a presentation of the bids at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. Please review some helpful WebEx tips and tricks to ensure you have a positive experience at this virtual event.

This virtual presentation, hosted by Lands and Minerals staff, will announce all of the properties and bids, including the highest bidder. Participation in the virtual bid opening is optional, but registration is required. Please register here.


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Land sale web map

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


Parcels for sale

The properties for sale include unimproved lands with recreational opportunities in Cass, Cook, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Pine, St. Louis, and Wadena counties.

  • Sale 11273 Cass County, Keystone 2, Lot 21, Longwood Point (1.22 acres). Minimum Bid: $77,500
  • Sale 16171 Cook County, Hwy 61 (0.18 acres, subject to privately owned encroachments). Minimum Bid: $189,586
  • Sale 29180 Hubbard County, Big Sand Lake (6.4 acres). Minimum Bid: $48,700
  • Sale 56172 Otter Tail County, Big Pine Lake (0.48 acres). Minimum Bid: $28,500
  • Sale 58132 Pine County, General CC Andrews (2.12 acres). Minimum Bid: $7,000
  • Sale 58179 Pine County, Birch Creek (1 acre). Minimum Bid: $4,000
  • Sale 58197 Pine County, Cedar Creek (40 acres). Minimum Bid: $13,000
  • Sale 69155 St. Louis County, Taconite Trail (80 acres). Minimum Bid: $62,000
  • Sale 80165 Wadena County, Lyons State Forest 3 (40 acres). Minimum Bid: $31,000
  • Sale 80166 Wadena County, Lyons State Forest 4 (40 acres). Minimum Bid: $23,000
  • Sale 80170 Wadena County, Huntersville State Forest (40 acres). Minimum Bid: $15,000
  • Sale 80183 Wadena County, Bullard 1 (40 acres). Minimum Bid: $42,000
  • Sale 80184 Wadena County, Bullard 2 (40 acres). Minimum Bid: $25,500
  • Sale 80185 Wadena County, Leaf River 1 (2.50 acres). Minimum Bid: $5,000
  • Sale 80186 Wadena County, Meadow 1 (40 acres). Minimum Bid: $30,000
  • Sale 80187 Wadena County, Red Eye 1 (82.5 acres). Minimum Bid: $57,500
  • Sale 80188 Wadena County, Red Eye 2 (80 acres). Minimum Bid: $55,500
  • Sale 80189 Wadena County, Red Eye 3 (80 acres). Minimum Bid: $55,500


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.

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