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 meeting minutes, ordinances, property tax forms, Master Plan, & Zoning Ordinance).  Information included covers a range of topics, such as our directory of elected & appointed officials, public notices (see below), the Deerton Cemetery, recreation, and waste disposal. We also provide 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

Absentee Voting: There is an online application for absentee voters (people who wish to vote but will not be present, are unable to attend the election, or other qualifying reasons). If you need an absentee ballot for the general election in 2016, please print this document, fill it out, and send it to the Onota Township Clerk, PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822. If you have questions, please contact the clerk via phone or email (onotatwp@tds.net).

Cemetery: Please remove all decorations and flowers from grave sites by mid-October. We appreciate your help in maintaining the cemetery grounds.

Area Information

Onota Township Shore

Onota Township lies along the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP), with an area of 88 square miles (30% of which 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 highly 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 both building as well as the manufacture of charcoal (for the smelting of iron ore). Early on, Scandinavians settled in the area to work and homestead. Read about the area history.