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

Dumpster Rolloffs: The Fall 2020 roll-offs will be held on Friday Sept 18 and Saturday Sept 19 from 10 am – 4 pm at the O’Dovero gravel pit (just west of the M28 Laughing Whitefish River bridge). This event is for disposal of large items. Please see the guidelines for lists of what items are allowed or prohibited.


Elections: As of September 18, over 70 absentee ballots have been mailed. The rest will be mailed when the required envelopes arrive (by the end of September). To vote via absentee ballot (AV), please print & fill out an AV application PDF file and mail it to the clerk (the address is provided on the app). All voters can view a sample ballot through the Michigan Voter Information Center Leave site. Note: All information entered is confidential and the site is secure.


Zoning Administrator: The township has a new zoning administrator.


Masks required: You must wear a mask to enter township buildings at this time. We appreciate your help in keeping our community safe and healthy.

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.