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Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Sawbill can help you have a successful canoe trip in Minnesota's famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In its 61st year in business, third generation owners Clare and Dan Shirley are proud to continue...more
We accessed the Boundary Waters through Sawbill and the outfitters were extremely helpful. We stayed in the campground out first night, and then headed out into the wilderness for an overnight canoeing trip. The lakes and trees were spectacular, and the campsites nearby were perfect....More
We go up to the BWCA a lot and are completely self-outfitting, but this year we wanted to do a one-way trip from Sawbill to Lake One, so I arranged a shuttle with Sawbill Canoe Outfitters to take us one way to accommodate our trip....More
We rented 2 canoes from these outfitters. Tthroughout the rental process the Sawbill Outfitters were courteous and very helpful. We showed up to pick up the canoes and they gave the newbees a tutorial on handling and portaging canoes. After this they helped in the...More
I took 3 teenagers with me to the Boundary Waters. Only 1 of the teenagers had been there before. We rented 2 canoes, 4 paddles,and a portage pack for the 5 day paddle on the Lady Chain Lakes. The staff was encouraging to the newbies...More
We camped two nights here and rented a canoe the second day. It was a half-day rental and there were more options than one might expect for canoe choices. We rented an ABS (plastic) boat in 16' length. The two of us were paddling for...More
We rented a canoe for the day. The staff was amazing. Very helpful and friendly. We got back early so they pro-rated the cost of the canoe. The staff was able to answer any question we had about the canoe or the boundary waters.
We have been coming here each summer for the last 7 years. The staff is friendly and helpful, it is conveniently located at the end of the Sawbill Trail right near the lake. They have everything you need for a full Boundary Waters canoe trip...More
My buddy and me have "sailed" from this location in the last two summers. We did the Chain of Lady Lakes in 2015, and in 2016, did a more relaxed route, just one day of portaging and staying on campsite on Sawbill Lake.
The campground at Sawbill is beautiful and reasonable priced, and they have everything you could EVER need for a fun trip at the outfitters.Staff are knowledgeable, friendly and go above and beyond (like spending an hour plus helping us with car troubles). If you're going...More