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

2017-18 Budget: The Onota Township Board has adopted the FY 2017-18 budget by resolution.

Hiawatha National Forest: The schedule of proposed actions for the forest is available. The Forest Service encourages public interest and participation. There is also a list of current and recent projects.


Area Information
Onota Township
Laughing Whitefish Point

Onota Township lies along the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP), with an area of 88 square miles (30% of which 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 highly 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 both building as well as the manufacture of charcoal (for the smelting of iron ore). Early on, Scandinavians settled in the area to work and homestead. Read about the area history.