Campers in need of an excellent base camp for access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness should definitely put Sawbill Lake on their shortlists. You might not want to leave camp, though! The thick pine forest gives every campsite fantastic privacy, and you might just feel like you and your crew are all alone in the woods (there’s hardly a better feeling, as far as we’re concerned). The campground is perched on top of a hill overlooking the lake, and some of the heavily wooded sites will even give you a teasing glimpse of the immaculate water.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
27 sites
Up to 9 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Sawbill Lake Campground.

Swimming hole
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Kjersti V.
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June 29th, 2015

A great first time Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) trip would be to stay at Sawbill and take a day trip on the Kelso Loop (you can even rent gear from an outfitter right there). One of my favorite places on earth.

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August 9th, 2018
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June 1st, 2017
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April 12th, 2017
Superior National Forest
United States
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47.866° N, 90.886° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 27 Sites
(Up to 9 people per site)

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