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!

PARK IS BUSY

The park has seen lots of swimmers and beach goers as the warm weather returns.


CHICKEN BBQ

The annual fireman’s chicken BBQ was held Sunday, August 16 from 12:00-4:00.

Over 600 people 2015 enjoyed great food, on a hot day.  Thanks to the fireman for sponsoring this community event.

THE CORN IS COOKING ON ONE OF SIX COOKERS

THE CORN IS COOKING ON ONE OF SIX COOKERS

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TDA DRAWING WINNERS

Several door prizes were awarded  at the TDA Annual Meeting in July.  One prize was a boat cruise on Mullett Lake that was won by the Dave Widrig Family.  The picture below is the Widrig family as the prepare to join Mary and Tom O’Hare on the cruise.

VOLUNTEERS RESURRECT THE OLD FOUNTAIN NEAR THE LIBRARY INTO A FLOWER BED 

THE ANNUAL TDA MEETING WAS HELD JUNE 20

A large crowd gathers for the annual TDA meeting

Jill Lynch and Roy Tassava present information on a proposed Topinabee Pier

Rachael Osborn, township clerk, presents information on plans for park improvements
TDA STICKERS FOR SALE
Contact a TDA member or go to the Topinabee Market to purchase a Topinabee sticker for $5.00
PEOPLE OF TOPINABEE
POST OFFICE
Debbie Williams the post office lady in Topinabee was born and raised in Alma, Michigan.  After gradating from Alma High School she attended Olivet College for a year.  She was married and moved to Cheboygan where she and her husband Harry currently  live.  Debbie worked at Proctor and Gamble for 5 years and Carters for 10 years before taking a job at the Indian River Post Office. She worked at the post office since 1993 before transferring to the Topinabee site.  She has two sons- one living in Cheboygan and the other in Rockford, Michigan. She enjoys fishing, boating and camping. She rode a motorcycle for many years before recently giving up that activity. Welcome to Topinabee Debbie!
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