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

Registation deadline: The voter registration deadline for the August 2 primary is July 5th. Not sure if you’re registered in Onota Township? Check online at the Michigan Voter Information Center (all info entered is confidential & it is a secured site). The township clerk will hold office hours from 4-5 PM on July 5 for voter registration.

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 primary and/or 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.

Township Assessor will be in the area on: 8/12/16, 8/22/16. Note: The assessor may not be in the office all day; if you would like to meet with him, please call the township hall (906-343-6535) to be sure that he is in.

Local Elections: If you are interested in running for a Township Board position this year, please contact Kirsten, the township clerk, via email or phone (906-343-6535) to arrange a time to pick up a nominating petition & affidavit of identity. All candidates without a party affiliation must file their forms with the clerk by no later than 4:00 PM on July 21. These candidates will only appear on the November ballot.


Area Information
Onota Township Shore

Onota Township Shoreline

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, and 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 (used in the smelting of iron ore). Early on, Scandinavians settled in the area to work and homestead. Read about the area history.