BWCA Entry Point 38 - Sawbill Lake Boundary Waters

38 - Sawbill Lake

Permits Available:
Entry Type:
Overnight Paddle Only
Ranger Station:
Tofte - 25 miles from office

Entry Point Notes:
  • 11 entry permit(s) granted per calendar day. (May 1st - Sept. 30th)
  • Access is a boat landing at Sawbill Lake.
  • Latitude: 47.86987 Longitude: -90.88578
  • Approx. Directions

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Permit reservations must be made for overnight camping or day use motor in the BWCA. You can make permit reservations through an outfitter or directly. Day use permits for paddling are available at the entry point and do not require a reservation or a fee.

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Trip Reports - Sawbill Lake

Trip Name Type Days
A Week In January - Annual Winter Trip Snowshoeing 6 Days
Journey into Sunlow Paddling Canoe 5 Days
Sawbill to Phoebe Lake and back Paddling Canoe 3 Days
Sawbill to Smoke 6/3/22-6/4/22 Paddling Canoe 1 Days
Spring Thaw Cherokee Loop Paddling Canoe 5 Days
How low? Solo Paddling Canoe 7 Days
Sawbill Mini-Loop (Daytrip) Paddling Canoe 1 Days
All Loused Up: solo loop out of Sawbill Paddling Canoe 7 Days
Turtle Tales Paddling Canoe 4 Days
9 Day Loop out of Sawbill Paddling Canoe 9 Days
Cherokee Loop-First solo Paddling Canoe 6 Days
Sawbill Paddleboard Day Trip Paddling Kayak 1 Days
50 Years Later Paddling Canoe 5 Days
Sawbill, Easy-Breezy Paddling Canoe 5 Days
Lady Chain, Beaver/Smite/Boulder/Ledge/Makwa loop, Louse River, Frost River Paddling Canoe 10 Days
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Recent Forum Discussions - 38 - Sawbill Lake

Discussion Forum Last Post
Sawbill Entry on 6/24 Trip Planning Forum 05-14-2023
Sawbill or Larch Creek Entry Point Trip Planning Forum 01-22-2023
Cancelled Permit 9/20 Sawbill Trip Planning Forum 09-15-2022
Cherokee Loop in Early September (Sawbill, Cherokee, Kelly etc) Trip Planning Forum 08-26-2022
Trip suggestions for two newbies 3rd week of September: Sawbill Lake? Trip Planning Forum 08-11-2022
Portages from Sawbill (EP #38) to Cherokee Trip Planning Forum 07-24-2022
Going in EP #38 Sawbill Lake for three nights. Should we go east or west? Trip Planning Forum 07-22-2022
Sawbill & Alton Lake Fishing Forum 07-17-2022
Sawbill - Which way?? Fishing Forum 06-11-2022
Travel Time to Wine from Sawbill Trip Planning Forum 05-27-2022
Kawishiwi Lake or Sawbill on 5/24 Trip Planning Forum 05-23-2022
Sawbill Campground Trip Planning Forum 04-22-2022
North or South Temperance to Sawbill Trip Planning Forum 02-05-2022
Sawbill/Alton/Kelso Week Long Trip Trip Planning Forum 01-26-2022
Mid-May 2022 Sawbill Trip Planning Forum 11-13-2021
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Fishing Tips

Lake Species
Alton Lake Smallmouth Bass,Walleye
Lujenida Lake Northern Pike
Cherokee Lake Lake Trout
Sawbill Lake Smallmouth Bass
Burnt Lake Smallmouth Bass,Northern Pike,Walleye
Smoke Lake Walleye,Northern Pike
Grace Lake Smallmouth Bass