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

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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

 

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Irv making products for his ABC Rustic Shop 

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

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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!

 

COME JOIN THE FUN!

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PEOPLE OF TOPINABEE

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MADELYN AND TONY NAYLOR

Madelyn “Babs” was born in Manhattan, New York City, and raised in Scarsdale, New York.  She graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a degree in Business Administration.   Babs then worked as a civilian employee in the Department of the Air Force in Germany as a secretary in the purchasing department.  She was employed by General Foods in White Plains, New York, where she was a secretary in the engineering department.  Babs moved back to the city, met Tony and as she said “the rest is history”.  They were married and raised two girls who are married and living in Chicago and Statesville, North Carolina.  They have a grandson, a granddaughter, three grand cats and a grand dog!

She worked at Rockefeller University for twenty years as a secretary to a Nobel Prize winner.  She is President of The Friends of the Topinabee Library and a member of the Cheboygan Campus Guild at McClaren Hospital.

Tony was raised in Ann Arbor, attended University High School and received his AB degree from the University of Michigan.  He enlisted in the Marines and served for over three years.  He worked in the legal department at a Marine Air Corp base and was discharged as a First Lieutenant. 

Tony then went to work on Wall Street as a municipal bond trader and worked for several Wall Street firms as an investment banker.  He is still employed by a Wall Street firm and works out of his home –a residential branch office, serving 40 clients.  Tony was first introduced to Mullett Lake as a boy.  His father had hay fever and would rent cottages in the area each August.  His father built a home on Liberty Point in 1946 where the Naylor’s still reside.  He has been here every summer since that time.  He commuted to New York for several summers by catching an early flight out of Pellston and arriving in New York by the time the market opened.  Tony and Babs have been year around residents on Liberty Point for the past 5 years.

Tony is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mullett Area Preservation Society and has been its President for several years.

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FREE MUSIC

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The Topinabee Library is offering free music streaming through Freegal.  
Freegal® is a free music service from your library. Freegal offers access to about 9 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 15,000 music videos. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries. All you need is your library card number. To begin, simply inquire at Topinabee Public Library, 231-238-7514 or log onto our wedsite with your library card!   www.topinabeepl.michlibrary. org

TDA STICKERS FOR SALE

Contact a TDA member or go to the Topinabee Market to purchase a Topinabee sticker for $5.00
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:

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:

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