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, 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

Public Hearing: The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 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 “ARTICLE IV: GENERAL REGULATIONS, Section 4.03 Accessory Buildings and Uses” (In summary, an amendment to allow certain accessory buildings to be constructed before the establishment of a principal building and/or use, in certain instances, will be discussed). Written comments regarding the public hearing will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Monday, December 12, 2022. The zoning ordinance PDF file and zoning district map PDF file are available for review. For questions, contact Jason McCarthy, Zoning Administrator at onotazoning@gmail.com. This notice is posted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act (12-Nov-2022, 08:18).


November 2022 results: Onota Township results from November 6 are as below. There were 279 voters (out of 377 total), 125 of which were absentee ballots. Due to limited space, the university-related races are omitted.

RaceResultsProposals / Local Races
GovernorWhitmer (D): 140
Dixon (R): 133
Buzuma (L): 3
Brandenburg (T): 1
Simpson (NL): 2
Proposal 22-1:
Yes 179 / No 90
Secretary of StateBenson (D): 143
Karamo (R): 128
Stempfle (L): 4
Schwartz (T): 2
Proposal 22-2:
Yes 162 / No 113
Attorney GeneralPePerno (R): 136
Nessel (D): 135
McHugh (L): 4
Proposal 22-3:
Yes 146 / No 128
Congressional Rep, 1st DistrictBergman (R): 140
Lorinser (D): 130
Gale (L): 2
Hakola (W): 4
ATO School Millage
Yes 203 / No 68
Senator, 38th DistrictMcBroom (R): 149
Braamse (D): 126
Roberts (G): 2
ATO School Board (3):
Carmody - 167
Hanson - 168
State Rep, 109th DistrictWagner (R): 144
Hill (D): 127
ATO School Board (1):
Veverka - 184
County Road CommissionerHeyrman (R): 173
County Road Commissioner Hubbard (R): 171
County Commissioner, 4th DistrictDoucette (D): 145
Livermore (R): 127
Justice of Supreme Court (2)Bernstein - 147
Zahra - 89
Bolden - 80
Hudson - 49
Morgan - 37
Judge of Court of Appeals, 4th District (2)Gadola - 148
Swartzle - 147

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.