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Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

Open today: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Great resource for the Sawbill Area

We go up to the BWCA a lot and are completely self-outfitting, but this year we wanted to do a... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2018
tom l
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lots or first time BWCA'ers

We rented 2 canoes from these outfitters. Tthroughout the rental process the Sawbill Outfitters... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2017
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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
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4620 Sawbill Trl, Tofte, MN 55615-2200
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

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

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Reviewed August 20, 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

Thank havingfun61
Reviewed August 16, 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

Thank Libby B
Reviewed July 17, 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

Thank Greg T
Reviewed June 16, 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 October 17, 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

Thank keipem
Reviewed October 17, 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
Reviewed September 26, 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

Thank lalalareesa
Reviewed September 8, 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
Reviewed July 1, 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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