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Sawbill Lake
Location Tofte Township, Cook County, Minnesota, United States
Basin countries United States
Surface area 765 acres (310 ha)
Max. depth 45 ft (14 m)
Surface elevation 1,787 ft (545 m)
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Sawbill Lake is a lake in Cook County, Minnesota. The closest town to Sawbill Lake is Tofte. It is a popular entry point (number 38) to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the Superior National Forest. Sawbill is a nickname of the common merganser duck. There is a United States Forest Service cabin, a canoe outfitter, and a campground located at the southern end of the lake. During the Great Depression there was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp six miles south of the lake.

Sawbill has portages connecting it to Smoke Lake, Kelso Lake, Ada Creek and Alton Lake.


At Sawbill Lake, there are moose, bears, bald eagles, and loons.

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