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

Special elections for 109th district: Due to the untimely death of John Kivela, the governor has called for a special primary election to be held August 8, 2017 for each party to nominate candidates who will run for the 109th district seat in the House of Representatives. The final outcome will be determined in a general election held on November 7, 2017. All new voters must register 30 days prior to an election. If you are already registered, please feel free to apply for an absentee voter ballot.

Recreation survey: The Planning Commission will survey township residents about local recreation sites (in the next few months). Please watch for a survey in the mail; surveys will also be made available on this site. Responses will be used during the upcoming revision of the township recreation plan.

Dumpster Rolloff volunteers: We would like to express our gratitude to all the volunteers that helped with the spring dumpster rolloffs! Without your generosity in giving time & effort to help your community, this event would not be possible. Thank you!

AuTrain boat launch: The Forest Service has temporarily closed the AuTrain boat launch (check status) to repair damage done by Lake Superior over the winter.


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.