Always in Season on Mullett Lake

Topinabee Development Association

The Mission of the Topinabee Development Association is to preserve and enhance the unique historical character and charm of Topinabee while promoting future growth and development of its business district.

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History

Topinabee is small town with a very rich history.

Modern history of the area began when settlers moved to the area in the 1880′s with the extension of the railroad to what is now Mackinaw City.  Horace Pike developed a Hotel along the banks of Mullet Lake adjacent to the railroad tracks and people began to build homes in the area.  Pike wanted to give the area a unique name and he named the area after an Indian Chief-Topinabee. The area continued to grow around the Lake with the hotel the center of activity. (more…)

Recreation

Fun Things to Do in The Topinabee Area

Winter is a great time to be UP NORTH in Michigan. The scenery is great and there are many activities to enjoy-snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing!  We have it all in Topinabee.  We’re the village right on Mullett Lake and we’re proud of it.

Mullett Lake is legendary for boaters around the Inland Waterway and Topinabee is the only town around its shoreline. Indian River and the sweet waters of Burt Lake are just around the corner. Our game fishing is fabulous, touted by competitive bass fisherman as the the best in the north country, and we’re famous to walleye seekers in the Great Up North. Trails for biking, snowmobiling and ORVing are everywhere. (more…)

Businesses

 

ABC RUSTICS

 

 We have unique shops and restaurants in Topinabee.

You’ll love the famous Breakers Bar and Grill right on the lake, our acclaimed Noka Cafe, and the Topinabee Market and Deli. Topinabee features public access to Mullett Lake, and a warm welcome to all.

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Welcome

Topinabee invites you to join us along the shores of Mullett Lake in northern Michigan where the good life is always in season. We enjoy a wonderful small town atmosphere with shops, restaurants, and a local market and deli. But it’s the awesome natural beauty all around that is the real reason we live here in our part of the Great Up North. Come and visit us in Topinabee and you and your family will see what we mean!

TDA ANNUAL MEETING
The TDA annual meeting will be held June 20 at 10:00 at the Mullett Township Hall
PEOPLE OF TOPINABEE
THE NOKA HAS NEW OWNERS
Glen and Jenifer Michie recently purchased the Noka Cafe from long time owner Theresa Pierson.  Jenny is a native of North Carolina and lived there through her school years.  She met Glen and he brought her back to Michigan.  Glen was born in Dearborn, Michigaqn.  He worked for Consumers Power and then a Power Company in North Carolina.  He returned to Consumers Power and they resided in the Holland area in Hamilton.  They raised their family of two boys and two girls in Hamilton.  They also have three grandchildren.  Glen is a graduate of the University of Michigan and retired from Consumers as a Senior Engineer.  He continues to do contract work for the company.  They bought a vacation home north of Topinabee a few years ago and it is their full time residence now.  Jenny has worked in various capacities in the food industry and when she saw the for sale sign in front of the Noka she said this looked like a dream come true. She is enjoying her work and continues with the same  menu while adding some special things  such as special cup cakes for holidays like Valentines Day and Mothers Day.  The daughter, Allie, is working in the restaurant along with long time waitress, LeeAnne and Theresa comes in occasionally to help out. Glen is a avid hunter and Jenny’s hobby has always been cooking.
TOWNSHIP PLANS FOR PARK IMPROVEMENTS
The Township is submitting an application for a MNRTF Grant to make additional improvements to the park area to include additional defined parking around the area of the restrooms and at the north end of the pavilion.    It will include a rain garden and drainage to better handle storm water runoff.   A pathway will connect the pavilion and parking area with the trail and the new ADA pathway down to the lake and new beach area.    A retaining wall will be built along the highway in the parking area adjacent to the existing restrooms and the kayak rack will be installed down by the lake so people have a place to put their kayaks.  Native plantings and new trees will be featured.  The plan is below:

BREAKERS FEATURED ON TV 

Clink on the link below to see a TV feature on the Breakers-click on the connect button in the article to hear the report.

BREAKERS

DNR REPORT ON FISHING IN MULLETT LAKE

 The DNR staff has completed a study of fish in Mullett Lake. A summary of that report is listed on the Topinabee News page.

SEE STURGEON IN MULLETT LAKE

STURGEON

STURGEON PLANTED IN MULLETT LAKE

Sturgeon for Tomorrow in cooperation with the Mullett Preservation Society planted fish in Mullett Lake on August 23rd.  This is part of the program to preserve, protect and expand sturgeon in Northern Michigan Lakes.  Sturgeon raises the fish at their hatchery near Black Lake for planting.  Tours are available at the hatchery and are a very educational experience.  Over 8000 sturgeon have been planted in Mullett Lake since 2003 through the Sturgeons for Tomorrow program with support from MAPS.  Walleye plantings since 1999 have totaled more than 1,000,000,000.  The Walleye program is supported by the DNR, tribes and MAPS.

THANKS TO PHIL WELCH

Phil Welch, a Topinabee resident and owner of Michigan  Lakes Products,  solved a long-time problem at the Topinabee Park.  Seagulls and ducks love to use the swim dock as their restroom!  Walking on the dock can be a hazard for  your feet!.  Phil worked with his company to come up with a solution to the problem.  Finding a solution, Michigan Lake Products donated the material to make the swim dock doo doo free!  Thanks to Mr. Welch and Michigan Lake Products.  An article in the Cheboygan Tribune about this product can be found at the bottom of this page.

UP NORTH TRAILS

The site below provides information about all types of trails in Northern Michigan-walking, biking, snowmobile, ATV

UP NORTH TRAILS

MICHIGAN WATER TRAILS

Checkout the new Water Trails web site for Northern Michigan.  Click on the link below:

MICHIGAN WATER TRAILS

TOPINABEE  LIBRARY

The library now provides e-books.  Stop in and pick up a library card and you will have access to thousands of books online.  

Best of all there is no charge!

Learn more about the Library at: TOPINABEE LIBRARY

An article about the library in the Cheboygan Tribune can be read at the bottom of the organization page on this site.

VIDEO

A SIX PART VIDEO ON THE INLAND WATERWAY IS BEING PRODUCED AND THE FIRST SEGMENT ON CROOKED LAKE IS COMPLETE.  A DRONE IS BEING USED IN THIS PRODUCTION.  CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

INLAND WATERWAY-CROOKED LAKE