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 Topinabee

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

SUMMER IS HERE

 

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

The annual TDAmeeting information and pictures can be found on the TDA tab

MICHIGAN WATER  TRAILS

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

http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trail.asp?ait=cv&cid=133

 

TOPINABEE  LIBRARY

Children’s book reading program will every Tuesday at the Topinabee Park Pavilion at 11:00 

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.

Jonathan Rand reads during children’s hour at the Topinabee Library.

PEOPLE OF TOPINABEE

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

 

The friends of the library are a group of volunteers that work to support and improve the Topinabee library.   They raise money by holding a book sale each year and they have library related articles for sale in the library. Funds raised are used to purchase books and other items for the library. They hold holiday parties for the children and provide summer story time for children at 11:00 on Tuesdays during the summer.  The Friends meet the 3rd Monday of each month and all are welcome to attend.  The community thanks them for helping to make Topinabee a better place to live.    Picture

Standing l-r: Sherry Stefanes, Mary Jan Miller, Patti King,seated

Siting l-r: Anne Whitmore, Babs Naylor, Nancy Barber, Pat Singel, Mary Parr

LONGTIME TOPINABEE RESIDENT GAIL GARRISON WAS FEATURED AS A PERSON OF THE WEEK IN THE CHEBOYGAN TRIBUNE

 (CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE ARTICLE)

Gail Garrison holds her diploma from Cheboygan Area High School that she received 80 years ago. Garrison, who is 96-years-old, was born and raised in Topinabee and returns to to the area each summer. All of her siblings attended school in Cheboygan as well, including her sister Lillian who is 100 years old.

GAIL GARRISON

 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

THE HARDWARE IS OPEN!

The Hadden family is opening the hardware for the summer.  They will be open through Labor Day.  They have restocked many items and added new items as well.  It is great to have the hardware available to us.

Hours will be: Monday- 10-8, Tuesday/Wednesday-  8-6,  Closed on Thursday, Friday- 10-8, Saturday-  8-6 and Sunday 12-4.

THE SUN IS OUT AND KIDS ARE AT THE PARK!  ADULTS TOO!

 

 

 

KIOSKS INSTALLED AT PARK

Four kiosks have been installed at the Topinabee park  with a kiosks for each of the following topics: Topinabee, The Railroad, Inland Water  Route and Recreation.  These kiosks were part of the overall park project and do an outstanding job of presenting many historical features of the area.  Joe Hines of Project Arts and Ideas along with local volunteers spent time researching the project by visiting area museums, talking to area citizens and visiting area libraries.  The kiosks depicts each topic in text and pictures.  People using the park or the trail will have the opportunity to learn more about the area from these presentations. This project was funded  through a grant from the DNR Trust Fund and Mullett Township.

Two of the kiosks at the park

one of the kiosks- more pictures under the area activities tab

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