In the upcoming land auction by the Department of Natural Resources, 97 properties, including lake frontage, trail access and small lots to extend a neighborhood lot, will be available.\u00a0 Properties for sale range in size from under an acre to 120 acres. Many of the surplus properties highlighted in the auction are in Yates Township, Lake County. There are several larger 5- to 15-acre properties available in Yates Township. Some of the largest parcels are in Clare, Lake and Menominee counties, according to a recently issued press release by the DNR. "There's going to be quite a bit of interest in Lake County," said Mike Michalek, the resource specialist in the Department of Natural Resources' real estate section. "There's a parcel in Berrien County that has frontage on Lake Michigan. It's not a buildable site, but it's definitely a site someone can outdoor recreate at, such as camp. That's going to interest some people. Additionally, there is a riverfront parcel in Mecosta County. It's a bit swampy, but it's going to interest people whenever there's water." Auctions happen once or twice a year. Unique to this auction, two land parcels include buildings: an old DNR field administration equipment building in Huron County and the abandoned Big Rapids Railroad Depot in Mecosta County. Notable waterfront properties that are accessible include:\u2022 \u00a0 \u00a0A Berrien County property with frontage on Lake Michigan.\u2022 \u00a0 \u00a0A Mason County parcel with frontage on Weldon Creek.\u2022 \u00a0 \u00a0A property in Mecosta County along the Little Muskegon River. So, why is this land up for auction? Many of the parcels are forested and\/or have road frontage, so they are better suited for private ownership, according to Michalek. Additionally, much of the land offered in the upcoming auctions is isolated from other DNR managed land, which creates some challenges in effectively maintaining it. Other parcels are included in the auctions because they offer limited recreation benefits to the public. "We actually manage the properties, we have several different land management divisions within the Department of Natural Resources," Michalek said. "For example, the wildlife division manages properties in the south part of the Lower Peninsula. Often, a land owner will file to have neighboring land put up for auction. Those go through an approval process by the division to see if they're OK with selling the land. Then, if the director approves it, it's deemed in surplus and that's when it would go to an auction." If you'd like to bid on a property, you must register between now and when the auction for your desired property starts. The auction schedule is available here. Throughout August and September, there will be 14 different auctions based on the counties. "For example, Lake County is on Tuesday, Aug. 17. So, if someone wants to bid on a Lake County parcel, they'll need to register and set up an account before Aug. 17," Michalek said. "The auctions are similar to an Ebay style. You can monitor where the bids are at and you can see the bids going up." The "interactive" bidding portion of an auction will open at 10 a.m. on that auction date. At that time, bidders will be able to see current high bids for each property. Bidders can continue to place bids on a property until 7 p.m. when bidding closes and the winning bidder is determined. Separate from the online auctions, the DNR is offering additional properties that were not sold in previous auctions. These properties are available for view and immediate purchase only on the BuyNow list. Visit Michigan.gov\/LandForSale for a detailed list that includes minimum bid, acreage and location information on the available properties. Interested bidders also are encouraged to review the DNR Land Sales: Terms and Conditions.