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

Budget Public Hearing: A special board meeting will be held on March 15 at 12:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to (1) hold a public hearing for the FY 2019-20 budget; (2) adopt the budget by resolution; (3) make necessary amendments to the current budget prior to fiscal year-end on March 31; and (4) discuss the recreation plan. The public is welcome to attend. This notice is posted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act (PA 267 of 1976), MCL 41.72a.

Garbage schedule: GAD released schedule changes. As shown on their calendar, as of 2019, GAD will observe national holidays, and garbage pickup will run one day behind during a holiday week or during road closures (garbage may be picked up Saturday instead of Friday).

Winter taxes: Winter tax bills are now due to Alger County. Contact the Alger County Treasurer Leave site in regards to all remaining unpaid taxes.


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.