Welcome to the official website for the City of Onamia and the Onamia Area Civic Association
Onamia, Minnesota is located at the junction of Highways 169 and 27, just south of Mille Lacs Lake on the shore of Lake Onamia.
Onamia received its name from Lake Onamia, which in Ojibwe means “dancing ground.” The dance symbolizes either petition or thanksgiving. The city of Onamia is located where early American Indians performed these dances.
The city dates to 1908 when lumbering was a major industry in the Mille Lacs area, and the first trains reached the town.
Today, Onamia is the area's largest city, housing the Mille Lacs Health System, some light industry and many small, locally owned businesses.
A public library located in the Soo Line Depot, three city parks, one with a tennis court, a skate park, the Lions Fitness Center, and several Fitness Trails provide in-town recreation. Nearby are three golf courses, two State Parks and many recreational opportunities on Lake Mille Lacs, Onamia is also home to the most Little Free Libraries than anywhere else.
Onamia is also the newly designated Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway.