Campsite on Sawbill Lake and surrounding area

Campsite on Sawbill Lake (#2052)

One of two campsites on Sawbill Lake that are not within the BWCA. The other one is just to the northwest (Campsite #2053).

Campsite last visited on: October 8, 2019

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Sawbill Lake Campsite 1
The canoe landing is from shallow water, but the shoreline has these big boulders. Lift the canoe up onto the flat ground above the rocks.

Sawbill Lake Campsite 2
The kitchen/gathering area. The log furniture is on its last leg. There is not much of a lake view from this location.

Sawbill Lake Campsite 3
Another view of the fire pit. The big pile of brush on the left is the fallen top of the big pine tree you see standing on your right. You'll have no issues with firewood until this tree is used up.

This campsite is a bit weathered. It is also the closest campsite to the Sawbill Lake entry point landing. The canoe landing is rocky and requires lifting the canoe out of the water up onto a low shelf above some boulders. The water is shallow enough for easy standing. The sitting logs around the fire pit are rotted out and close to the ground. A large tree recently snapped off and the top of the tree is lying near the fire grate (as of May 2020). You will have plenty of firewood handy until this tree top is used up. There are two obvious tent pads (not including space to pitch a tent right next to the fire pit), with the large one back in the woods a bit. The entire site is shady and has no good views of the lake. Could get buggy since it is well protected from the wind. The latrine is a bit too close to the camp area and lacks privacy. There is another campsite (which is better) just to the west. If you camp here, you could have neighbors. Also, you will have regular traffic passing by the campsite, as it is on the direct route between BWCA Entry Point 38 landing and the Alton Lake portage.

Sawbill Lake Campsite 4
The smaller of the two obvious tent pads. It appears this doesn't get much use because there were many intact, crispy leaves on the ground (i.e., nobody has stepped on the leaves to grind them up).

Sawbill Lake Campsite 5
This is the largest of the two tent locations. It is back in the woods a little ways.

Sawbill Lake Campsite 6
An older style latrine. It's not that far from the fire grate area. You can easily see it from there because of the limited ground cover vegetation...

Sawbill Lake Campsite 7
The only view from the campsite is from this location, which is where you landed your canoe. Almost dead center on the far shoreline is the portage to Alton Lake, just visible. Paddlers will be passing by this campsite from the Alton Lake portage, on their way to the entry point or other destinations up Sawbill Lake.

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