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

THE ICE IS OUT!

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG

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!

BOOTS AND CHRIS WRIGHT 

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 Boots was born in California and moved to Topinabee in 1987 with her parents, who were from the area, when they retired.  Boots attended Central Michigan University until her parents bought “Hoppies” restaurant.  She then took over running the dining room at the restaurant.  Boots did this for several years until she got married and worked helping her husband Chris.

Chris was from Grayling and after a year at Kirkland Community College he got into radio work on a part-time basis.  This led to a full-time job in radio.  He also started doing voice overs for commercials. To advance in the radio business he would have to move to a larger city and he did want to make that move.  He set up his own recording studio to write and recording commercials and other voice overs.  During this time he wrote and recorded an audio book and that ultimately led to a career in writing books.  He published his first “Chillers” book March 2, 2000.  Since then Chris has gone on to publish 40 American Chiller books, 16 Michigan Chillers books, 12 books written for first graders as well as several adult and audio books. Boots and Chris opened the Chillerama Book Store in Topinabee to sell his books.  In addition to writing, Chris speaks at schools and conferences throughout the country on the importance of writing and reading.  

Boots and Chris have one hobby-dogs, dogs, dogs!  They started the Northern Michigan Animal Rescue Network in 2007 after seeing an individual convicted of cruelty to animals.   The network received no government funding and all people involved are volunteers.   They work with people who need help with neutering pets, or emergency vet services.  The network tries to find homes for pets that are “homeless”.  They also foster dogs who need time to regain their health so they can be adopted.  Fostering a dog can be as short as two weeks and as long as six weeks.   There is also a need for vacation relief for people to have someone take on their animal for a short term basis.  The network tries to educate people about the responsibilities involved in adding a pet to their household.

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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:

INLAND WATERWAY-CROOKED LAKE