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State-owned lakefront properties up for auction

KALISPELL, Mont. –   State-owned recreation properties on three Flathead County lakes are headed for the auction block on Feb. 3, 2016, as the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) continues to implement 2013 legislation aimed at resolving longstanding disputes over the Department’s cabin site leasing program.

“The Legislature directed funding for cabin-site property sales and with State Land Board approval DNRC is offering a unique opportunity and privilege for people to be able to purchase some outstanding waterfront properties,” said DNRC Director John Tubbs. “We hope to see people take advantage of this program.”

The lakefront properties, with lot sizes from one to four acres, are located on Beaver, Echo and Rogers lakes; some sites are developed with cabins and other improvements, while others are not. A total of eight properties will be up for auction at the Feb. 3 sale. Additional properties will be coming up for auction later in the year.

Photographs of each property and more details, including open house dates, are available on the DNRC Web at

Prospective bidders must complete an Offer to Purchase and submit it to the DNRC’s Headquarters in Helena by 5 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2016. Along with the Offer to Purchase, participants are required to submit a bid deposit in the form of a cashier’s check or other certified funds made payable to DNRC; personal checks are not accepted. The deposit amount will equal five percent of the minimum bid for a given property, and will be refunded if the bidder is unsuccessful.

The sale of state trust land recreational and residential properties commenced with the passage of SB 369 by the 2013 Legislature. The bill enacted a sale program, with the proceeds to go to a special land banking account; the revenue can be used only for the acquisition of other real property interests that provide equal or higher revenue for beneficiaries of Montana’s public trusts.

During a pilot sale program in 2014, four of five nominated properties were sold, generating $730,000 in revenue for several trusts, including Montana Tech, Montana State University and the Pine Hills School in eastern Montana.