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A year-round outfitter on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

From canoe and kayak rentals and BWCA permits to kayak tours, bike and ski rentals, camping gear and apparel — Sawtooth Outfitters is your one-stop Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and Lake Superior North Shore outfitting company!

Sawtooth Outfitters will provide everything you’ll need for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and North Shore wilderness experience. Our shop offer BWCA outfitting gear rentals, new and used canoes, kayaks, bikes and skis for rent.

We also offer hiking, biking, kayaking, and canoe trip planning. We can assist with customizing a trip to help make your visit to this amazing area the best it can be.  Let us help you plan and prepare for an enjoyable and memorable wilderness journey by canoe or kayak, or set you up for hiking or biking.

We are conveniently located in Tofte, MN, 1.5 hours north of Duluth along the scenic drive of beautiful Lake Superior. Our shop is 1 mile past the Tofte ranger station and 1/8 mile from the Sawbill Trail.  Our shop provides convenient access to many of the eastern entry points into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Rent online today from the best Boundary Waters Canoe Area outfitter on the shore of Lake Superior!

Rental Information

Our summer equipment includes BWCA canoe rentals, camping equipment, kayak rentals, paddle board rentals, bike rentals, and much more.

For BWCA trips, we rent canoes, packs, sleeping bags, pads, cots, tents, hammocks, chairs, and much more!

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Trail Info

Our knowledgeable staff can help you plan your Boundary Waters adventure – from permits to routes and gear rental, we will help you plan your trip from end to end.

We are conveniently located near the following BWCA Entry Points:

(41) Brule, (40) Homer, (39) Baker, (38) Sawbill, (37) Kawishiwi, (36) Hog Creek

We are also on the way to the Sawbill, Caribou, Gunflint, and Arrowhead trails.

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FAQs

Q Why chose us?

Because we provide quality equipment and excellent service. Our location makes us the best choice since we are conveniently located and the only outfitter in the Tofte District on your way to most of the SE entry points of the BWCA Wilderness.

Hiking, biking, canoeing, sea kayaking, alpine and xc-skiing, snowshoeing; we are centered in the heart of adventure on the northshore of Lake Superior and can provide everything you’ll need to make exploring this area an amazing experience.

Q Are there any campgrounds close by?

There are two campgrounds within a couple of miles: Temperance State Park and Lamb’s Resort. Both have showers.

Q Do you issue permits for the BWCA wilderness?

Yes, we are a co-operator under permit with the Superior National Forest division of the U.S. Forest Service.

Q How can I reserve a permit for the BWCA Wilderness?

You can go to Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to make your own reservation or we can make it for you, for a fee. If you are renting equipment from us, we will be happy to make a reservation for you at no additional charge.

Q When is the best time to visit the BWCAW?

It depends on the kind of experience you are looking for. Consider the following:

Early season (ice-out to end of May) is less busy and cooler with high water conditions, minimal bugs and excellent fishing. Migratory birds come through the area and other animals begin to stir in anticipation of summer.
Early to mid-summer (June to mid-July) offers warmer temps that bring in vegetation, good fishing, blooming plants, and the sights and sounds of new life all around. Unfortunately, this includes biting insects.Choosing a breezy campsite and employing good repelling methods can make this season easily manageable.
Mid to late summer (mid-July to September) is a time to enjoy warmer air and warmer water temps as well as usually being drier. Swimming is enjoyable in July and August, and wild berries are ripe for picking. This is also the most popular time to visit the wilderness, so reserve your permits early and expect some competition for the best campsites.
September’s cooler temps bring fall colors, minimal bugs and fewer people. Although the weather can be unpredictable late in the season, it can be a nice time to enjoy some solitude, good fishing, and your choice of prime campsites.

Q How many canoes can you put on a vehicle?

We’ve put as many as 3 canoes on a vehicle and provide a simple system to do so. We provide everything needed to make the process easy and secure.

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1 Review for Sawtooth Outfitters

scarb01385

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Amazing Experience!

We were so happy to book this trip through TripOutside! They are connected with a great outfitter that had everything we needed, and were available for any other questions we had. The gear was top quality and the experience was amazing! It was so quick and easy to get everything loaded up right after we arrived so we could get right to into the wilderness! Can’t wait to come back (:

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    7213 Hwy. 61 - P.O. Box 2214 - Tofte
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    scarb01385

    We were so happy to book this trip through TripOutside! They are connected with a great outfitter that had everything we needed, and were available for any other questions we had. The gear was top quality and the experience was amazing! It was so quick and easy to get everything loaded up right after we arrived so we could get right to into the wilderness! Can’t wait to come back (: