Lara reaches the Sawmill for the first time shortly after she met the Remnant General. He gives her a Mission called Communications Breakdown where she has to destroy Communication Towers. One of those is located at the Sawmill. There is also on Soviet star on top of the building, a Strongbox in the attic, as well as some more miscellaneous Pickups.
From the Sawmill Lara has easy access to the rest of the Hub Level: To the east lies the old Soviet Mine, to the north-west the Gulag, and in the south there is the Logging Camp Base Camp with the hut of the Remnant General. Right next to the Sawmill there is the entrance to the Challenge Tomb called Ancient Cistern which is accessible through the old well.
Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch
- Main article: The Disturbance in the Sawmill
In the first mission of the Downloadable Content Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch Lara finds Nadia pinned down here by Trinity soldiers. After being injured she hides in one of the Lockers with an old, unloaded revolver that has no firing pin.