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 minutes, forms, property tax files, the Master Plan, & the Zoning Ordinance).  Information provided covers a range of topics, such as our directory of elected & appointed officials, public notices (see below), recreation, waste disposal, and the Deerton Cemetery. We also have links about the area for our citizens. Please feel free to contact the township with questions or suggestions about this site.

Public Notices

June Meeting: This meeting was held via teleconference. To ensure public access to information, the 6-1-20 draft minutes PDF file and the board packet PDF file are available.

The dial in number to listen to the recording is 978-990-5098 (do not dial 1 first – that is reserved for international calls in this system). A voice will ask for the access code – the code is 494512#. It will then ask for a reference code followed by the # key. A reference code is not needed – simply push the # key again and the most recent meeting recording will start.


Dumpsters: STOP dumping trash on top of the dumpsters when they’re full! The lids are designed to be bear-proof – overfilling and leaving the lids unlocked will bring the bears back. The dumpsters are emptied twice a week – if they are full, please bring garbage back after they are empty.

The dumpsters are meant for residents who live on roads that the garbage truck will not go down (Deerton-Onota Rd, Onota Hill, Sigan Rd, etc). Please respect that these residents cannot place a garbage container at their driveway for pickup and depend on the dumpsters for disposal. If you are on the truck route, please use that option.


Elections: To encourage absentee voting, the state mailed an absentee ballot application to every voter. Voters who applied may check the status of an submitted application through the Michigan Voter Information Center Leave site. Absentee ballots will not be mailed until after June (when the clerk receives the first shipment of blank ballots).


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 (2015) was 336, 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.