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.
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 Plus include 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.
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.
Types of Experiences and Trips Provided
Multi-day or day trip experiences in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes
Founded and still owned by the Hansen family since 1957.