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Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

Guide or Outfitter

Sawbill Canoe Outfitters was started in 1957 by Frank and Mary Alice Hansen.

They started with a few sleeping bags and six canoes.

Today, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters offers a full line of services and Bill and Cindy Hansen continue the family tradition of helping people enjoy the wilderness.

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Multi-day or day trip experiences in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Areas of Service and Expertise


Whether you want to rent a single spoon or need complete outfitting for your group, Sawbill's outfitting program can help.

Several outfitting packages are available to meet your group's specific needs. Complete Outfitting and Complete Outfitting Plusinclude all the necessary equipment for a multi-day BWCA canoe trip, plus a mixture of fresh and dehydrated food. Complete Equipment Only (no food) and Food Only (no equipment except food packs) packages are also available.

Just need a few odds and ends? Sawbill rents lightweight canoes and equipment on a daily basis through the Partial Outfitting option.

Sawbill Store

The Sawbill Store sells fresh foods and meat, ice, live and artificial bait, dehydrated food, health and beauty aids, clothing, camping gear and gear repair items, books, detailed waterproof wilderness maps, fishing licenses, insect repellant, souvenirs, as well as used rental equipment and canoes.


Sawbill manages three USFS campgrounds: Sawbill Lake Campground, Crescent Lake Campground and Temperance River Campground.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Founded and still owned by the Hansen family since 1957.

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