Dexter: New Blood – Filming Locations
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Iron Lake

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A small town called Iron Lake.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In upstate New York.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. We first see the town of Iron Lake in Episode 1, of Season 9, "Cold Snap".

    But it is the principal location of this new show, so we will be seeing a lot of the town on the show, in almost every episode.

    Iron Lake is where Dexter (now living under the alias of "Jim  Lindsay") lives and works (eight years after we last saw him), and where he has become friendly with most of the townspeople.

Iron Lake is where you'll find:

  • The initial walk that Dexter makes each morning through the town on his way to work, stopping at most of these locations
  • and where they filmed all of  those delightful Yuletide shots of a small town decked out in Christmas lights, Including the nighttime Christmas Festival.

(Click on the links above to see individual pages about the exact locations of those specific spots in Iron Lake.)

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A small town in the Northeast, but not in New York  (augmented by additional scenes  shot in  other nearby towns).

Q.  Where can I find it in real life?

A. Iron Lake is a fictional location, a composite made up of scenes shot in several different locations.

But the majority of the Iron Lake scenes, Including all of the Individual locations mentioned above,  were shot in one actual small town in Massachusetts called Shelburne Falls.

The Village of Shelburne Falls is actually a shared business district made up of two adjacent communities, Shelburne and Buckland, which are separated by the Deerfield River, and joined by an iron bridge. 

Some of the filming locations (such as Fred's Fish & Game) lie on the east side of the river, while others (such as the Iron Lake Police  station) are on the west side.– which explains why we often see "Jim" walking across that iron bridge.

You will find some of the Iron Lake locations along Bridge Street, which is the main street that runs east/west through Shelburne Falls. That street was named for an obvious reason: it leads right to the iron bridge that spans the river. This is the street we see Dexter drive down when he enters town.

Most of the Christmas decorations were placed along the east side of  Bridge Street, between Deerfield Avenue and Main Street.

When they finished filming, the production generously donated those  Christmas decorations to the town, and Shelburne Falls is now planning to Use them this holiday season re-create the same general Christmas look we see on the series, Which will probably inspire tourists to visit…

Once across the iron bridge, at its east end Bridge Street terminates at a north/south avenue called State Street. Here, you'll find Other filming locations such as the IIron Lake Tavern and the Market.

But not all of law Iron Lake's scenes were filmed, in Shelburne Falls

A few parts of the fictional Iron Lake, were shot elsewhere, including the Iron Lake High School, the Diner, and the Truck Stop. ( I will detail those locations on separate pages.)

Q. So where exactly is Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts?

It is located in the northwest portion of the state, in Franklin County. That's about 120 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, 85 miles northwest of Worcester, MA,, and 46 miles north of Springfield, Mass.

It's also 188 miles southwest of New York City, And about 350 miles east of the forests of upstate New York (which Is where the fictional Iron Lake Is supposed to be).

Real-life Shelburne Falls lies in a curve of the the Deerfield River, which separates the two halves of the Village .

The river is only about 270 feet wide at the point where it is spanned by the iron bridge. The town of Shelburne lies on the east side of the river, while the town of Buckland lies on the west side. They are joined by the bridge, and together, they make up the quaint village of Shelburne Falls, with the bulk of the commercial district lying to the east, in Shelburne.

The village appears to be mostly surrounded by forests and agricultural land.

To get there from Boston, you need to hop on the MA-2 W, and take a winding, 2.5-hour drive east/northeast to the Maple Street exit, then follow Maple Street north to Bridge Street, and make a left on Bridge Street. (Read more specific directions on Google maps before attempting this trip.)

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. This town was a fairly easy discovery, despite the fact that I live 2,500 miles away from Massachusetts. 

    Shelburne Falls was one of the first places where they started filming Dexter: New Blood, and Hollywood's arrival in the small town spawned a number of articles about it in the local media.

    After learning early on that they were going to be shooting in the state of Massachusetts this season, I had been keeping an eye on local Massachusetts newspapers for any word about Dexter filming there, on the assumption that the nhim himovelty of having a major television show shoot in their town would prompt a good deal of local interest and result in mentions of it in the local press. And of course, I was right.

    Several local papers, including The Telegram & Gazette, Western Mass News, the Greenfield Recorder, and the Grafton News, ran detailed stories about the filming In the state, often with photos of the production underway, allowing me to see what part of town they were working in.

    In addition, the showrunners posted occasional images on their social media pages during the shoots in various locations. They usually didn't mention exactly where they were at, but the images were sometimes enough for me to figure that out of my own.

    And finally, a site called Dexter Daily proved very useful. They reposted most of the newspaper stories that I had found on my own (usually a day or two after they ran), and occasionally reprinted parts of other articles that I had missed, providing new leads.  Plus, they occasionally had scoops of their own, and they ran a lot of informative photos of the actual filming, as it moved around the state.

    Between the various local media, social postings, and Dexter Daily, I was able to pinpoint a fairly large percentage of the filming locations  early on. Then I simply had to match them up with the images I saw when the first episode aired.  I also did further research on my own about each location, and occasionally contacted the cities or businesses involved for details.

    Here is a Google StreetView of Bridge Street, in Shelburne Falls:

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