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

Dumpsters: Bears have been leaving a mess by the dumpsters. Great American Disposal installed chains that have clips. Please re-chain the lids after you dump trash. Thank you to all of the residents who helped in cleaning up the spilled trash.

Dumpster Rolloffs: The fall 2019 dumpster roll-offs will be held on Friday Sept 20 & Saturday Sept 21 from 10 am – 4 pm at the O’Dovero gravel pit (just west of the M28 Laughing Whitefish River bridge). This event is for disposal of large items; please review the guidelines and restricted items.

Sand River Bridge: The estimated completion date for the bridge maintenance work is August 15.


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.