location: Return to Doakes Cabin
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. We are back at El Dorado Park in Long Beach again, the same place where they filmed that Civil War reenactment scene with Dexter & Bosso.
The original Doakes cabin scene, back in Season 2, wasn't filmed here. It was filmed up at the South Coast Botanic Garden, in Rolling Hills Estates.
But I suppose it was easier for them to just shoot at El Dorado this time, since they needed a far less elaborate set.
For Season 2, they
originally had to build a fake cabin up at the Garden - not to mention
the pyrotechnics involved with blowing that cabin up.
(since the cabin had gone up in flames), all they had to do was bring
in a mobile home, and drape a little moss on the trees to make the
surrounding area look swampy. The water & reeds come with the park.
In any event, they were up in the north section of El Dorado Park for this shoot, north of Wardlow Road, near the same lake where they've shot several previous scenes (such as Flamingo Park and the Lumen captivity scenes).
I shot this photo (below) of the lake in 2008.
Here is an aerial photo of the lake. And here is a map link.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the now, though,
I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
This tip came from Rick. (Thanks, Rick!)
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