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 with questions or suggestions about this site.

Public Notices

Board of Review: The Board of Review will meet virtually on Monday, March 8 from 9 am – 3 pm, and on Tuesday, March 9 from 3 pm – 9 pm, to hear appeals of property assessments and consider requests for poverty exemptions or disabled veteran exemptions. These appeals will be done by appointment via a phone meeting. To set up an appointment on one of these days, please contact Kim Schmidt, Township Assessor (231-350-0463, kschmidtsr@hotmail.com). The number to call to attend the virtual meeting will be (518) 263-8296.


Meeting: The special budget meeting on March 11 at 10:00 am will be held at the township hall. The purpose of this meeting is to plan the 2021-22 township budget.

Public Access
Up to 20 members of the public may attend this meeting, as permitted the recent recent revisions to the pandemic orders. The proposed recommendations for the 2021-22 township budget are available for public review, and the board packet will be available prior to the March 11 meeting.

Public Participation
Citizens will be able to speak during the scheduled public comment portion(s) of the meeting. A person wishing to speak must provide their name prior to any comments.

Necessary auxiliary aids and services will be provided to individuals with disabilities for the meeting with reasonable advance notice. To request such services, contact the township (email, phone, or mail as listed).


Board meeting: The March 1st meeting was held via teleconference. To ensure public availability of information, the draft minutes PDF file and the board packet PDF file are available.


Vacancy: There is one vacant seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals. If you would like to apply, please write a letter of interest to the Onota Township Board, and send it via mail (PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822) or email (onotatwp@tds.net).


Remote Meetings: As per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services epidemic order, all indoor public meetings must remain virtual until March 5 (as of 3-3-21). The public may listen to Onota Township board meetings being held remotely by calling (518) 263-8296 a few minutes prior to the meeting time.

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.