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Alaska life hack: Alaskans can now bid on 209 parcels in state land auction

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is offering a unique opportunity for Alaskans to buy land in the 2023 Alaska State Land Auction, known as offering #495.

The auction features a diverse selection of 209 parcels spread across the state, with options ranging from road-accessible properties to remote parcels for those seeking a more secluded lifestyle.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy expressed his enthusiasm for the auction, highlighting the deep connection Alaskans have with their land.

“Alaskans are especially connected to the land in our great state, and buying property where you can build a home or enjoy the outdoors is an essential part of living here,” Gov. Dunleavy said. “Land auctions are just one of the ways DNR helps implement my administration’s vision of putting Alaska land into Alaskans’ hands, and I encourage everyone to consider taking advantage of this opportunity.”

Alaska residents interested in acquiring a piece of the Last Frontier can submit sealed bids for the available parcels through various channels. Bids can be submitted online, in person, or by mail until Oct. 3 at 4:30 pm. The apparent high bids will be announced on Oct. 24. Each bidder has the potential to win and purchase up to two parcels, providing an excellent opportunity to secure multiple pieces of land. There is a discount for veterans.

To aid bidders in making informed decisions, free auction brochures can be downloaded from the DNR Land Sales website at this link. The brochures contain essential details about the available parcels, including their locations and accessibility.

In the event that some parcels remain unsold at the auction, Alaskans, non-residents, or businesses will have the chance to purchase them through Over-the-Counter sales. Starting on Nov. 28 at 10 am, interested parties can explore the OTC section on the Land Sales website to view the available parcels. The DNR also offers competitive in-house financing options to facilitate land purchases, providing additional support to prospective buyers.

For the latest updates on the Alaska State Land Sales, interested individuals can follow the DNR Land Sales website or subscribe to email notifications at

For direct assistance, inquiries can be directed to [email protected], or individuals can call 907-269-8594 on weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm. TTY services are available at 711 or 1-800-770-8973.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Neither he DNR, the Territorial State of Alaska Inc nor the Municipal STATE OF ALASKA INC have any authority to sell land in Alaska. These are corporations with no sovereign powers and no clear and uncontested title to any of these lands. All they can sell are DEEDS. To advertise a “land sale” is false advertising. A “resident” is not an owner and “residential” does not mean private.

  2. Quick! some who are rich buy a few parcels of land and make Horse ranch with a dorm to house men or teen boys or women or teen girls while they learn about Jesus through daily Bible studies and learn care to care for the horses as well as a vegetable garden in their healing from addiction and depression. How about political cohosts band together and organize it together. I think our state addicts and prisoners on probation would love learning how to care and ride horses. Just like the farmers kids, the ranch work would be good for the addicts and prisoners or troubled at risk youth.

  3. Sure!!buy it so you can be told what you’reNOT going to be allowed to do with it, while they keep lightening your wallet.

  4. Let’s hope the Anchorage Assembly supports this concept since the only trail forward toward devopmint of Alaska will be thwarted by recently arrived Anchorage Assembly/ruler/”leaders” (denitely NOT representors of we the people’s views).

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