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

April Board Meeting: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the monthly board meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6 at 7:00 pm, will be held as a call-in meeting to pay the monthly bills only. No further business will be conducted and all agenda items will be tabled until the May 4, 2020 meeting. An audio transcript of the proceedings will be posted on the township website. Thanks for understanding. Please stay safe. -Terry Pihlainen, Supervisor

Public Access
The public may listen to the meeting by calling (701) 791-9996 at the scheduled meeting time listed above. Please see the board packet PDF file for the agenda, minutes, and reports related to the meeting.

Public Participation
Members of the public will be able to speak during the scheduled public comment portion(s) of the meeting. Such comment will be limited to three minutes per person. To provide for orderly participation, a person wishing to speak must state their name and request to be recognized by the Supervisor. If members of the public have questions or wish to provide written input before the meeting, then they may contact the Township Clerk, by email (onotatwp@tds.net), by phone or by mail (PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822).

The township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon 48-hour advance notice via contacting the township – by email, phone, or mail as listed above.


Garbage: Great American Disposal Leave site would like to emphasize that ALL garbage must be bagged, or it will not be picked up.

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.