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 if you have questions or suggestions about this site.


Public Notices

Ordinances – Public Hearing: A public hearing will be held at the regular meeting on Monday, October 7, regarding three ordinances the board is considering: (1) municipal infractions ordinance (2) ordinance enforcement officer ordinance and (3) recreational marijuana establishment prohibition ordinance. The public is welcome to attend and/or provide written comments. All written comments should be sent to the township board via mail (PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822) or email (onotatwp@tds.net).

Sand River Bridge: The estimated completion date for the bridge maintenance work is October 14.

Secondary Sexton/Custodian: Onota Township is accepting applications for a sexton/custodian. Qualifications: at least 18 years of age, basic skills in the use of hand and power tools, basic mechanical and carpentry skills, the ability to make simple repairs as warranted, a valid Michigan Drivers License. Duties include, but are not limited to: Lawn Mowing, General Cleaning of premises, Snow Shoveling. Compensation will be at a monthly rate. Applications will be accepted until Friday October 4th. Please send resume via mail (PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822) or email (onotatwp@tds.net). .


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.