What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A crime scene, on a lawn near a lake.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
When did we see it on the show?
Q. What is it actually in real life?
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. In Episode 1, of Season 8, "A Beautiful Day".
Miami Metro discovers the mutilated body of the Brain Surgeon Killer's first victim: a man named Robert Bailey.
His body is lying on a lawn next to what appears to be a lake.
Dexter reports that
he was killed by a single gunshot wound to the heart, and Masuka says
that the gun was pressed against him at the time.
Upon closer examination, Dexter is surprised to discover that the back of the victim's head has been sliced off, and a small part of the brain has been removed.
A. This is the Colorado Lagoon Park, at
5119 E. Colorado Street, in Long Beach, CA.
But the lawn where they find the body isn't near Colorado Street.
It's on a small jetty of grass, near the east end of the parking lot on
the north side of the lagoon.
This is the same park where they filmed the discovery of Miguel Prado's body, back in the third season.
In fact, the place where they find Robert Bailey's body is almost the exact same spot where they earlier found Miguel Prado's body - after Dexter killed him. (This must be a popular dumping ground for bodies in Miami!)
To reach the spot (without walking all
the way around the lake), enter via the park entrance on the south side
of 6th Street (about a quarter of a mile east of Park Avenue), onto a
little road called Nieto Avenue, that runs to the parking lot. As you drive into the park on
Nieto, the spot where they filmed the scene will be on your left, just
before you reach the parking lot.
And yes, that "lake" is the Colorado Lagoon, a saltwater body that was originally linked to the nearby Alamitos Bay.
Colorado Lagoon Park lies just above (northwest) of Marina Vista Park (where they filmed Harrison's soccer game), and just below (south of) Recreation Park.
The park is about half land and
half water, including sandy shores by the Lagoon. But while swimming
used to be a popular past time here, once the Lagoon was cut off from
the Bay, and storm drains emptied into it, the water quality has greatly
I shot the photos below in 2009
Here is an aerial
photo of the location. Here is a Google StreetView.
And here is a map
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 let me know in advance when something is about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I
already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia,
Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.
I originally found this site, back in the third season, when a fan who lives nearby the park, Julie,
tipped me that they had been filming there. And she came through
again this time, reporting that they were filming what appeared to be a
crime scene at the Colorado Lagoon. (Thanks, Julie!)
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