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

Special budget meeting: A special board meeting will be held on February 11 at 12:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting is for planning the 2019-20 FY budget. 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 has released schedule changes. As shown on their calendar, starting in 2019 – GAD will observe national holidays, and garbage pickup will run one day behind during a holiday week – or during road closures / inclement weather (this means your garbage may be picked up on Saturday instead of Friday).

Winter taxes: Winter tax bills have been mailed and are due by February 14. If you have questions about your bill, please leave a message for the treasurer at (906) 343-6535 or email onotatreasurer@tds.net.


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.