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, garbage collection, 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 HEARING NOTICE (Posted March 27, 2024)

The Onota Township Board will hold a public hearing on the 2024-25 proposed budget on:

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2024 at 6:30 pm at the Onota Township Hall, in Deerton.

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. Copies of the budget will be available at the hearing. The Township will provide necessary, reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request.

Onota Township Hall is located at E1461 Deerton-Sand Lake Road, Deerton, Michigan 49822



For election questions, please contact:

Email: onotatwp@tds.net

Notice is hereby given by the resolution of the Onota Township board under authority granted in Public Act 81 of 2023, that the location(s) of the early voting site(s) for all federal and statewide election dates will be as listed above. A site may serve as an early voting site for additional election dates if approved by the Onota Township board.

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.