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
How many portages? Cherokee Lake 2023 Paddling Canoe 4 Days
Wandering to Wonder daytrip Paddling Canoe 0 Days
Louse River Paddling Canoe 9 Days
Alton with the kids Paddling Canoe 3 Days
Nightmare on Beth, but alls well. Paddling Canoe 4 Days
Kelso Mountain Paddling Canoe 4 Days
The Long Way Around-First Solo on the Louse River Paddling Canoe 7 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
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Recent Forum Discussions - 38 - Sawbill Lake

Discussion Forum Last Post
Brule-Omega-Long Island-Sawbill route Trip Planning Forum 06-13-2024
Kawishiwi, Lady Chain, Sawbill Trip Planning Forum 06-12-2024
Sawbill fishing Fishing Forum 06-02-2024
Daytrips out of Sawbill Trip Planning Forum 05-27-2024
Sawbill - parking when self outfitting? Trip Planning Forum 04-26-2024
Fall or Sawbill lake Trip Planning Forum 03-27-2024
Sawbill-area water levels? Trip Planning Forum 09-28-2023
Sawbill to Frost Trip Planning Forum 09-10-2023
Sawbill to Kawishiwi Trip Planning Forum 06-28-2023
Sawbill direction Trip Planning Forum 06-25-2023
Sawbill cancelled permit 7/10 Trip Planning Forum 06-23-2023
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
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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