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:
  • 14 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 low? Solo Paddling Canoe 7 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
Sawbill, Cherokee, Frost-2 teenagers and lame parents Paddling Canoe 7 Days
Sawbill Loop Solo Adventure Paddling Canoe 5 Days
Sawbill/Cherokee, Covid-19, Bucket List, Solo Loop Paddling Canoe 8 Days
Memorial Day Get-Outta-Dodge Trip Paddling Canoe 4 Days
Frost River Loop Paddling Canoe 5 Days
Late September Sawbill loop Paddling Canoe 6 Days
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