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February 26 2024

Entry Point 38 - Sawbill Lake

Sawbill Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Tofte Ranger Station near the city of Tofte, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 25 miles. Access is a boat landing at Sawbill Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 11
Elevation: 1802 feet
Latitude: 47.8699
Longitude: -90.8858
Sawbill Lake - 38

Sawbill Lake to Burnt Lake

by 3LW
Trip Report

Entry Date: August 31, 2010
Entry Point: Sawbill Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
This was our first trip to the BWCA! We had a blast, learned a lot about teamwork, communication, and each other.


We entered Sawbill Lake on 8/31. The weather was decent and we had fun finding our first portage.

[paragraph break] We set up camp on the island site in Burnt Lake for the trip. Over the next couple of days we relaxed, fished, and canoed over to Flame Lake. Here are some pictures:

[paragraph break] We didn't have many pictures from the exit trip because of the weather conditions. We fought and rode white capped water on Burnt, Smoke, and Flame Lake. It was super exciting and the following picture tells all. What a great trip! I'm already planning our next.


Lakes Traveled:   Sawbill Lake, Smoke Lake, Burnt Lake,

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