A community of 960 permanent residents, Onaway is surrounded by thousands of acres of public recreation land and uncrowded lakes. Black Lake is the 4th largest inland lake in Michigan and is known for it's walleye fishing as well as perch and bass. It is also home to the fish of the dinosaurs, the Lake Sturgeon, which often reach over 6 feet in length and weigh over 100 lbs. Black Mountain Recreation Area has over 80 miles of snowmobile and ORV trails and dozens of miles of x-country skiing and hiking trails. Onaway State Park and Clear Lake State Park offer modern camping and great fishing. Also in the area are several rustic state forest campgrounds.
Located just 18 miles east of I-75 at intersection of M-33 and M-68, Onaway is easy to reach from all points in Michigan. Boasting a modern school system, a new multi-million dollar sewer system, hi-speed internet and modern transportation corridors, Onaway is the perfect small town for retirement, vacation, young family residency and commercial ventures.
Our rural community is one of the few areas left in Michigan with large tracts of private land available for purchase. Also, available is reasonably priced smaller waterfront property on many of our inland lakes and trout streams. So whether you want access to public snow mobile trails, hiking and skiing trails, public lake fishing, trout fishing or wish to purchase your own 'sportsman club', give Onaway a good look. You will like what you see! We like to say, we are proud to “Live, Work & Play in Onaway!” Check us out and see why.