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Box 2129
Tofte, MN 55615


Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, Inc.
Volunteer Campground Host Job Description

Location:  Crescent Lake, Tofte District, Superior National Forest
Forest Road 170 (The Grade), 24 miles north of Tofte, Minnesota, 8 miles east of the Sawbill Trail.

Contact:  Bill Hansen
Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, Inc.
4620 Sawbill Trail, Box 2129
Tofte, MN 55615

Online campground host application form.

Dates:  mid-May – mid-September 

Deadline for application: 4/15/2010

General Information
About the Campground
The Crescent Lake Campground is a Superior National Forest Campground. Thirty four campsites are spread out along the northern shore of Crescent Lake with half of the sites providing direct lake access.

Sawbill Canoe Outfitters is the concessionaire operator of Crescent Lake Campground and maintains a store with showers, laundry, grocery and convenience items, canoe and camping gear rental, wireless internet and a pay telephone - located 13 miles from Crescent Lake Campground. Although, there are no water, sewer, or electrical hookups at Crescent, it can easily accommodate large motor homes and trailers.  There is a septic holding tank available at the host’s campsite for their exclusive use.

The campground is open mid May through October.  We like our host(s) to begin
mid-May and stay through mid-September.

About the Area
Crescent Lake is a remote location with no private land on the lake, making it very undeveloped in nature. Boats with outboard motors are allowed on the lake, but tend to be small fishing type boats.  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is close by.  Verizon cell service is available with an outside antenna and a signal amplifier.  Internet service is available via Verizon Wireless or consumer satellite service.  Having Verizon cell service is a requirement and internet service is a plus.

Crescent Lake has a reputation as a good fishing lake for walleye, northern pike and musky.  Many nearby lakes are also good for fishing.  Most visitors are interested in fishing, hiking, boating, wildlife viewing, bird watching and scenery.  Parties, loud music and other disturbances are discouraged.

It is roughly 25 miles to the nearest towns of Lutsen or Tofte.  Both towns have basic services – groceries, gas, banking, phone and internet.  The larger community of Grand Marais is about 30 miles away with a clinic, hospital, pharmacy, and most other normal services.  The nearest city is Duluth which is 110 miles away.  The city of Thunder Bay, Ontario is about 120 miles away.

Walk-through twice per day – morning and evening.

Clean campground outhouses on a daily basis.  Specific duties include cleaning toilet
riser, restocking toilet paper, and sweeping the floor. 

 Pick up litter.  Emphasize units recently vacated.

Clean out fire rings as needed.

Maintain bulletin boards.

Occasional light maintenance (i.e. raking, painting, replace toilet seats, etc.).

Check for payment compliance, remind people who haven’t paid, post and/or remove reservation tags, empty pay station and deliver pay envelopes to Sawbill and keep occupancy records.

 Report all major maintenance needs, vandalism, and other problems.  Host is not expected to provide security services beyond friendly reminders.  Law enforcement is the responsibility of the appropriate federal, state and county authorities.

Work with other Forest Service supervision, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters staff,  Conservation Officers and Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

Identify yourself through signage and nametags as campground host(s) and provide information to campers as requested.

Maintain a welcoming, cheerful atmosphere at the campground.

Free camping in the designated host’s campsite, which has direct lake access, good views, exclusive septic holding tank and convenient access to drinking water.

$500 per month stipend.

Tools, supplies and materials are provided by Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, Inc.

Sawbill will provide coverage for absences.

Free showers and laundry at Sawbill.


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