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

Sand River Bridge: The estimated completion date for the bridge maintenance work is August 15.

Hall Dumpsters: Due to flagrant misuse of the dumpsters at the hall, township officials will monitor dumpster use through random checks. This means people must give proof of property ownership or residency to use the dumpsters. If abuse of the dumpsters continues, the township risks losing its contract with Great American Disposal (as their regulations Leave site are being violated).

The dumpsters are here for people who live on a road the garbage truck does not go down (Deerton-Onota Rd, Onota Hill, etc). Please respect that these residents cannot put a garbage container at their driveway for pickup, and depend on the dumpsters for trash disposal.

Recreation Plan – Final Draft: The final draft of the 2019-2024 Recreation Plan is under review by the Township Board and due to be approved at the July 1 meeting. Public comments are still welcome – please send any comments via mail (Onota Township Board, RE: Recreation Plan, PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822) or email (onotatwp@tds.net). If you need a hard copy of the plan, please contact the township clerk via phone (906-343-6535) or the email listed above.


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.