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

December Board of Review: The Board of Review will meet Monday, December 11 at 2:30 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to correct qualified errors and to consider appeals for certain exemptions (principal residence; qualified agricultural, forest, or start-up business; disabled veteran; and poverty exemptions).

Garbage schedule: GAD has released schedule changes. As shown on their calendar, starting in 2019 – GAD will observe national holidays, and garbage pickup will run one day behind during a holiday week (for Onota Township, this means your garbage may be picked up on Saturday instead of Friday).

Winter taxes: Winter tax bills have been mailed and are due by the final day of February (2019). If you have questions about your bill, please leave a message for the treasurer at (906) 343-6535 or email onotatreasurer@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.