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 with questions or suggestions about this site.

Public Notices

Board meeting: The January meeting was held via teleconference. To ensure public availability of information, the draft minutes PDF file and the board packet PDF file are available.


Remote Meetings: As per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services epidemic order, all public meetings must remain virtual until January 15. The public may listen to Onota Township board meetings being held remotely by calling (518) 263-8296 a few minutes prior to the meeting time.


Winter taxes: Winter tax bills are due by March 1. The treasurer will be at the hall to accept tax payments on December 28 from 9 am-5 pm (a mask is required to enter the hall). For questions about your bill, see the info on taxes or contact the treasurer (906-343-6535, onotatreasurer@tds.net). A secure dropbox has been installed so that residents can drop off tax payments. It is located to the left of the kitchen door and marked with reflective orange tape. Please leave a message (phone or email) if you use the drop box.

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.