This gold rush was short lived but the riches of the
pine forest soon brought a new breed of prospector,
and the Ash River once again became a thoroughfare.
Along it's banks a railroad spur was built to haul millions
of board feet of timber from Namakan's Hoist Bay out
to the main line.
Voyageurs, prospectors, and big
logging camps are now history, but the Ash River Trail,
built on the old logging railroad bed has become a small
resort community at the end of County Road 129 which
winds through a dense forest and bog. Here the wing
dam and pilings from the old railroad bridge that once
crossed the Ash River are still visible.