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Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

4620 Sawbill Trl, Tofte, MN 55615-2200
+1 218-663-7150
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We rented 2 canoes from these outfitters. Tthroughout the rental process the Sawbill Outfitters... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
havingfun61
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Minnesota
Great staff, great place to stay

I took 3 teenagers with me to the Boundary Waters. Only 1 of the teenagers had been there before... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Libby B
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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 the family tradition of helping people enjoy the Wilderness.
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4620 Sawbill Trl, Tofte, MN 55615-2200
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

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

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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

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

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

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

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Reviewed 16 June 2017

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.

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

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. Outfitters have...More

Thank Carly A
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

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

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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

1st experience at Sawbill was everything I hoped for. Including being easy to find, drive up the shore on 61 then turn left onto Sawbill Trail and go to the end of the road. The outfitter had plenty of friendly, knowledgable staff on hand to...More

Thank JohnMTN
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This is the third trip I have used Sawbill Outfitters and over the past three years the service has been outstanding and consistent. Although we bring most of our own equipment we rely on them for canoes and they have all been very reliable and...More

Thank Stephen C M
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Always helpful and very knowledgeable of the area. Family has been there about 100 years. Would rather rent a Kevlar canoe from them than use my own. Even put it on my car and tied it down.

Thank Martha502
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