Welcome To Onota Township

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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

Public Hearing: The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the Onota Township Hall (at E1461 Deerton-Sand Lake Rd). The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment and input on the proposed zoning text amendment to regulate the use of “Shipping Containers” as structures in Onota Township. For details, please see the full notice PDF file. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm Monday, December 13, 2021. If you have questions, contact the Zoning Administrator, Jason McCarthy (onotazoning@gmail.com). This notice is posted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act (29-Nov-2021, 20:24).

Board of Review: The Board of Review will meet Monday, December 13, 2021 at 3:30 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to (1) correct errors, omissions, and mutual mistakes of fact, and (2) consider requests for certain exemptions (principal residence, agriculture, disabled veteran, poverty).

ZBA 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).

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.