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

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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!

 

 TOYS 4 TOTS

The Topinabee Library will be collecting toys for the “toys 4 tots” program.  Gifts may be placed in the boxes in the library and they will be delivered to children in the county.

PEOPLE OF TOPINABEE

PASTOR MIKE SANDERS

Michael Sanders serves as Pastor of the Topinabee Community Church.  He was born and raised in Mt. Vernon is Southern Illinois.  He attended school there and attended a community college in Mt. Vernon as well.  He received his BA degree from Southern Illinois University.  Pastor Mike attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he received his doctorate degree.  He served as a pastor at several churches for 27 years in Southern Illinois.  He came to the Topinabee Church in 2001 and served for six years.  Pastor Mike then served some churches in Lower Michigan before returning to Topinabee in 2012.

He has three children and five grandchildren and they live in Virginia, Illinois and Missouri. He and his wife Kathy live in the area.

He has written three books and writes a weekly column in the Petoskey and Cheboygan newspapers.  Pastor Mike also served as a freshman boys’ basketball coach at Indian River High School. In his spare time he enjoys reading and traveling.  

 TRUNK OR TREAT

The Friends of the Topinabee Library held a “trunk or treat” party for area children on Halloween night from 5:00-7:00.  Approximately 12 cars were handing out candy along with the library   Over 100 “kids” passed through lineup of cars and the library.  What a great success!

Carol Richards (2nd from left) decorated here trunk to hand out candy!

 A little “trick or treater” loads up on candy from librarians Patti and Ann  

Kids picking up goodies from a trunk

Mary Jan Miller hands goodies from her trunk

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.

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

 

PHIL WELCH

 A generous donation made by Indian River-based Michigan Lake Products, MLP, has made conditions more pleasant for swimmers and boaters using Topinabee’s new beachfront park on Mullett Lake.

No longer will users have to worry about stepping around or over the mess seagulls make each summer on the docks.

After the new park was finished last year, patronage greatly increased, according to a news release from Tom O’Hare, a Topinabee resident and member of the Topinabee Development Association.

Although patrons were able to enjoy the new sand-filled beach, playground equipment, information kiosks, park benches, barbecues, flowing fountain and sloping pathways, one need that wasn’t addressed was the continued challenge associated with Mullett Lake’s seagull population that was also fond of using the docks when swimmers and boaters were not present.

After a couple of cool or rainy days when the beach wasn’t in use, once the sun came out, young children and their parents would often be faced with the challenge of how to navigate to the other end of a dock without stepping in what one young child described as “that smelly goop.”

When Phil Welch of Michigan Lake Products, MLP, learned of the dilemma, after one of his own grandchildren visited the new park, he and his staff put their heads together to see if they could figure out a solution to the problem.

Having heard that seagulls will avoid things they can hear but not see, Welch and his team engineered a design modification for the beachfront docks whereby regular fishing wire was suspended from poles installed along the dock high above the deck surface. Fish line was strung from pole to pole, at the top of each pole, along the entire length of the dock, which vibrates when the breeze hits it.

“In this manner seagulls will be deterred from ‘dropping’ in on the park docks,” quipped Welch.

In addition to solving the seagull problem, MLP also installed a new modular ramp from the end of the sidewalk to the water’s edge, allowing individuals with disabilities direct access to the lake through an otherwise sandy beach area.

Welch said this is a new product engineered by MLP especially for application in soft sand.

Mary Anne Gale, Mullett Township supervisor Mary Anne Gale thanked MLP for stepping forward and for its generosity.

“As a parent, I know how bad the situation has been at times on the swim docks. I’m sure all the children and families who make use of this new park will be most appreciative of what MLP has done on behalf of the community,”