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

Treasurer: Winter taxes have been mailed. They are due by the end of February.

Cemetery: Please remove all decorations and flowers from grave sites for winter. We appreciate your help in maintaining the cemetery grounds.


Area Information
Onota Township
Laughing Whitefish Point

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.