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 NOTICES

TAX COLLECTION HOURS AT TOWNSHIP HALL – POSTED 02/17/2024

Onota Township Treasurer will be in the office February 29, 2024 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for the last day of tax collection.

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

BOARD OF REVIEW – POSTED 02/06/2024

Onota Township BOARD OF REVIEW will be held WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2024 FROM 3:00 PM TO 9:00 PM and THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2024 FROM 9:00 AM To 3:00 PM at the Onota Township Hall.

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

2024 VOTING AND ELECTION INFORMATION:

ONOTA TOWNSHIP CLERK PRE-ELECTION DAY HOURS AT TOWNSHIP HALL (EARLY VOTING SITES AND HOURS ARE LISTED BELOW)

Onota Township Clerk will be in the office for mandatory pre-election office hours on February 24, 2024 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday February 25, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

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

CLERK’S NOTE: All qualified electors have the right to mark a ballot and deposit the ballot in the tabulator beginning the second Saturday before an election and ending the Sunday before the election. Early voting will be available at the early voting site for the hours listed below.


2024 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION EARLY VOTING HOURS AND LOCATION: *Beginning the second Saturday before an election and ending the Sunday before the election

Saturday February 17 to Sunday February 25, 2024

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Alger County Courthouse

101 Court St., Munising, Michigan 49822

For election questions, please contact:

Tina Watkeys, Onota Township Clerk

Phone: 906 343-6701

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.