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

Public Hearing: The Onota Township Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday September 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Onota Township Hall (located at E1461 Deerton-Sand Lake Rd). The purpose of the hearing is to receive additional public input on the request for a zoning map amendment for AuTrain Island. Written comments may be mailed (PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822) or emailed (onotatwp@tds.net).

Dumpster Rolloffs: The fall 2018 dumpster roll-offs will be held on Friday Sept 21 & Saturday Sept 22 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.

Summer tax deadline: The treasurer will be available to accept payments on Friday, September 14 from 9 am – 5 pm at the township hall.

Chimney cleaning: The Onota Township Fire Dept will be offering chimney cleaning to residents on weekends in September & October. Contact Chief Kimar (onotafire @ gmail.com) to be placed on the list. The department will notify you in advance of the day you are scheduled for.

Board vacancies: There is one vacant seat on the Planning Commission (info on duties) and one on the Zoning Board of Appeals (info on duties). To apply for one of these positions, please submit a letter of interest to the Onota Township Board, PO Box 100, Deerton, MI 49822.

Elections: See the detailed August 7 primary results. There were 151 voters (45% voter turnout). If you need to vote absentee for November 6, please mail in an AV application PDF file.


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.