Welcome To Onota Township

Photos from Onota Township, Michigan

We appreciate your visit to our website. Here you may find public resources such as documents (including meeting minutes, forms, property tax files, the Master Plan, & the Zoning Ordinance).  Information included covers a range of topics, such as our directory of elected & appointed officials, public notices (see below), the Deerton Cemetery, recreation, and waste disposal. We also provide links about the area for our citizens. Please feel free to contact the township if you have questions or suggestions about this site.


Public Notices

Chimney cleaning: The Onota Township Fire Dept will be offering chimney cleaning to residents on weekends in October. Contact Chief Kimar (onotafire @ gmail.com) to be placed on the list. The department will notify you in advance of the day you are scheduled for.

Dumpster Rolloff: Due to budget limitations, a fall dumpster rolloff event cannot be held. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nov 7 special election: The governor has called for a special election to be held November 7, 2017 for the 109th district seat in the House of Representatives. All new voters must register 30 days prior to an election. Voters may also apply for an absentee voter ballot.


Area Information
Onota Township
Laughing Fish Point

Onota Township lies along the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP), with an area of 92 square miles (30% is within the Hiawatha National Forest ). The population (2010 census) was 352, with 43% as year-round residents.

The AuTrain-Onota School in Deerton teaches students pre-K-8. The school is respected in the area. Students from outside the district often enroll. Older students attend Superior Central, Munising, and Marquette schools.

There are five distinct areas within the township from east to west – Rock River, Shelter Bay, Onota, Deerton, and Sand River. A number of small businesses are in the township, mainly recreational and service-oriented. Area information is in the Master Plan.

Onota Township has a rich history in producing lumber for buildings as well as charcoal manufacturing (for smelting iron ore). Early on, Scandinavians settled in the area to work and homestead. Read about the area history.