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

Deerton Road: The Alger County Road Commission will be resurfacing the Deerton Road starting July 15, as part of a long-term maintenance plan. Also, the asphalt surface will be extended to the township hall site. One lane of the road will remain open with flaggers controlling traffic.

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

Veteran Services: Alger County has a new Veteran’s Affairs officer (Becky Johns), who is reaching out to local communities to find veterans in need of assistance or support. She may be reached by phone (906-387-1635) or email (algervets@algercounty.gov). Please share this info with any veterans who may be interested. Note: this contact will be placed permanently on the area resources page.


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.