Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. An actual log cabin, which was built especially for the production, but was torn down at the end of filming.
Where can I find it in real life?
Camp Collier is a
wooded natural area, dotted with bluish green log cabins,,comprising 585 acres. The Camp
appears to have been built as a Boy Scout camp called the David. R.
Collier Scout Reservation. But while it is still owned by a Boy Scouts
trust, it appears to be mostly inactive today.
But the area is open to the public.
The site of Dexter's cabin lies about a quarter of a mile North of Camp Collier, off the gravel Camp Collier Road.
As of November 2021,
all that remains now are a few traces that let you know that the cabin
had been there, including that iconic rectangular stone fire-pit (where
Dexter buried Matt's remains, and that always seemed to be burning, on the show) just
outside Dexter's cabin.
If you've watched the
show, you know the cabin overlooked a frozen lake, where Dexter
occasionally ice-fished. That was Lake Wampanoag, which, while frozen
in the winter, is a beautiful blue lake in the warmer months.
They also filmed the scene of Dexter running through the woods, in pursuit of that white deer, in the same general area. (although the shots featuring the CGI deer were filmed in another location).
Ron's photo below shows the view Dexter would see looking out from his porch,
towards the fire-pit and the lake beyond (the camera is looking east):
Ron's photo below shows a similar view to the screencap above,
looking west from the fire-pit towards Dexter's cabin:
Ron's photo below is looking east/southeast from the animal pen (above)
to the parking area where you can see Dexter's truck (above):
Ron's photo below shows the view Dexter would have looking out (northeast) at the
ice house on the frozen lake, except that the lake is no longer frozen:
Ron's photo below shows the right (north) side of the house where the garden shed was:
(Note the white circles on one tall tree, which can be seen at the far right of the screen shot above.)
Ron's photo below shows the view looking east from the fire-pit to the lake:
Glancing at a map of
the official boundaries of the camp, Dexter's cabin site actually
appears to be about 700 feet outside (north) of the camp's borders, off
the northern part of Camp Collier Road.
( Other scenes, of
Harrison, Audrey and her teen friends breaking into a cabin at "Roaring
Forks summer camp", were filmed half a mile south of Dexter's cabin, at the actual cabins at Camp Collier. )
The entrance to the
camp lies at the intersection of Kelton Road and Camp Collier Road, and
the latter road leads through the camIfp and up to the site where Dexter's
cabin was built.
But remember that Dexter's cabin was built especially for this production, and it was taken down once filming was finished.
StreetView isn't available In that area, so I can't offer oney of the
camp or the cabin site, But you'll find a map below.
As for directions: when you are looking from the fire-pit to where the cabin, you are looking West.
Here is a map of the cabin's approximate location at Lake Wampanoag:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. The news that Dexter was filming at Camp Collier was reported by both The Gardner News and The Telegram & Gazette.
And then, as I mentioned before Ron B. traveled up to Camp Collier
(after the first two episodes had aired,) to get photos confirming the
site. ( Thanks Ron ! )