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

August Primary: A primary election will be held 8/7/18. The polls will be open for voting on August 7 from 7 am – 8 pm at the township hall. Please feel free to review our detailed guide on elections and voting. If you have questions, please contact the clerk via phone or email.

Absentee Voting: If you need to vote via absentee ballot (AV), please print & fill out an AV application PDF file and mail it to the clerk (the address is provided on the app). All absentee voters may check the status of an application or submitted ballot through the Michigan Voter Information Center Leave site. Please note: All information entered is confidential and the site is securely encrypted.

Planning Commission vacancy: There is one vacant seat on the Planning Commission (info on duties of a member). To apply, please submit a letter of interest to the Onota Township Board, PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822.

Zoning Board of Appeals vacancy: There is one vacant seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals (info on duties of a member). To apply, please submit a letter of interest to the Onota Township Board.


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.