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

Due to a new epidemic order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS): All indoor meetings of a public body must be held completely virtually, if at all, between Nov. 18 and Dec. 8, 2020, under a new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) emergency order that goes into effect on Wednesday. The order enacts a three-week “pause” targeting indoor gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates. The Open Meetings Act, as amended by Public Act 228 of 2020, allows virtual meetings to be held for any reason through Dec. 31, 2020. Therefore, the regular monthly board meeting of Onota Township will be held at the normally scheduled time via teleconference.

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Remote Meeting: The board meeting scheduled for Monday, December 7 at 7:00 pm, will be held via teleconference.

Public Access
The public may listen to the meeting by calling (518) 263-8296 a few minutes prior to the meeting time of 7 pm. The meeting agenda, minutes and other documents will be uploaded here for public review when they are complete.

Public Participation
Members of the public will be able to speak during the scheduled public comment portion(s) of the meeting. Comment will be limited to three minutes per person. A person wishing to speak must provide their name prior to any comments. If you have questions or prefer to address the board in writing, please submit your question or letter via mail or email.

Necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services will be provided to individuals with disabilities for the meeting with 72-hour advance notice. To request such services, contact the township (email, phone, or mail as listed).

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onota township drop box

Drop Box: A secure dropbox has been installed so that residents can drop off tax payments. It is located to the left of the kitchen door, as indicated in this photo >>

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Election Results: A total of 306 voters participated in the November 3 election, which is a record turnout for Onota Township. See all local results under elections.

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Zoning Administrator: The new zoning administrator for Onota Township is Jason McCarthy. He may be reached by email (onotazoning@gmail.com) or phone (906.399.1808).


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.