The Village of Ontonagon, founded in 1843, is located at the mouth of the Ontonagon River, which is along the south shore of Lake Superior in the western portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Village is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in the county.
Most of the Village residential and commercial development is established along the east side of the Ontonagon River with industrial development adjacent to the harbor. The Ontonagon River serves as a drainage basin fed by several streams and flows into Lake Superior. The river also provided an early port for the shipping of copper, lumber, and a fishing industry. The Village utilizes a Village Manager form of government and is governed by a seven-member council.
Michigan Business Opportunities
Ontonagon County, Michigan, is an ideal place to start and run a business. As one of the jewels of the Upper Peninsula, Ontonagon offers a willing work-force and plenty of real estate.
The Village is served by the Ontonagon County Telephone Company offering fiber optic connections to businesses and residents for phone, TV and Internet; Spectrum Communications offering cable TV, internet and phone; SEMCO providing natural gas service; and UPPCO for electrical services. The downtown and waterfront areas are served by the Village water and sewer system. Both utilities cross the Ontonagon River at the island. These crossings are under the riverbed. The Village water system links major rural areas, namely, the Village of Ontonagon, Highway M-64, Silver City, White Pine, and the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
The Village Marina facility is a full-service 38-slip marina which includes a boat hoist, three boat launch ramps, a service building, a fish-cleaning station, ethanol free gasoline and pump out services, and a paved parking and boat storage area.The marina also offers an ADA lift to assist individuals in and out of boats at the main dock. Charter fishing is available.
Wildlife in the Ontonagon area is an abundant resource, ranging from the larger species like black bear, white-tailed deer, and coyote to the smaller species like snowshoe hare, cottontail, ruffed grouse, ducks, and geese. A large variety of fresh-water fish are also abundant in Lake Superior and the small inland lakes. These include such inland species as walleye, northern pike, trout, musky, bass, and perch. Lake Superior offers lake trout, salmon and whitefish.
The Village offers nearly a mile of sandy Lake Superior beach. Access and parking available at Lakeshore Park, Lake Superior's Beach and the Township Park & Campground. Access to clean sandy swimming beaches. Relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets over Lake Superior.
Ontonagon Township Park
Picnicking, camping, playground, shower and bathroom facility, bathing beach.
There are numerous Parks throughout the Village along Lake Superior, the Ontonagon River, the Marina and Downtown. There are tables & sitting benches located near the Township Library and the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts.
Ontonagon Theater of the Performing Arts
The Theater shares a location with the Township Library and offers concerts and plays throughout the year.
Ontonagon County Historical Museum
Located Downtown the Museum houses displays and artifacts from copper mining, logging, and commercial fishing eras of Ontonagon County. The Museum provides guided tours to the Ontonagon Lighthouse during the summer.
Village Recreation Facility
Ice skating, ice hockey, restrooms, warming shelter, concession stand, Little League field.
Ontonagon Golf Club
Ontonagon Golf Club
The Ontonagon Golf Club is owned by the members and open to the public.
A nine hole adventure including the “Famous Par Three Eighth Hole.”
The Western most golf club in the USA’s Eastern Time zone. Golf our course on a June evening, and perhaps play ‘til midnight. Reasonable green fees, Upper Peninsula Golf Association Member discount. Rental riding and pull carts available.
We feature a beautiful clubhouse with a well stocked bar room, light lunches, and full dinners on Friday nights during the season.
Our Pro Shop has the basics on hand. Brand name golf balls, gloves, caps, tees, etc. at great prices.
Men’s League – Tuesday Afternoons; Women’s League – Thursday Afternoons
And Junior League – Wednesday mornings.