Roaring Forks Summer Camp
Then they attempt to break into one of the locked cabins, and when their crude efforts are less than successful, Harrison easily breaks the lock to let them in.
This impresses Audrey, who seems enjoy the idea that her mother won't like Harrison.
Inside the cabin, the teenagers light up a joint (except for Harrison, who passes), and one of the teens begins to ask awkward questions about what happened to Harrison's late mother.
To avoid talking about it, Harrison goes outside, And while he is gone, the teens rummage through his backpack, and discover a number of sketches he has done in a notepad. Returning to the cabin, Harrison spots them invading his privacy, but deliberately makes noise to let them know he is returning, and the kids scramble to avoid being caught.
Later, when they return to Dexter's cabin, they are found out by Angela, because one of the boys is wearing a Roaring Forks t-shirt that he stole from the cabin.
In Episode 8, Dexter winds up here again after being chased through the woods by Elrick, Kurt Caldwell's henchmen, Who at was hunting him with a rifle. Dexter hides in a large cabin, and when the guy follows him in, he surprises him by bursting through a mirror, and then kills him with a knife.
Here is a sceencap of Dexter arriving at the cabin:
And here is a matching photo shot by Ron B.:
( The cabin shows up once more in the Episode 9, when Dexter returns there to dispose of Elrick's body.)
Here's a screencap of Dexter standing next to the cabin:
And here's a matching photo from Ron B.:
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. These are actual log cabins, part of a former Boy Scouts camp.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. These cabins are at Camp Collier, on the banks of Lake Wampanoag, in Gardner, Massachusetts.
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.
It is about a quarter of a mile south of the former site of Dexter's cabin.
Despite the fact that it is supposed to be near downtown Iron Lake, the actual location in Gardner is 50 miles east of Shelburne Falls, Mass., where they filmed those Iron Lake scenes.
Gardner is located in upper mid-Massachusetts, in the County of Worcester, and just eight miles from the northern border with the state of New Hampshire. The town is about 50 miles northwest of Boston, and about 50 miles northeast of Springfield, Mass.
Lake Wampanoag is a beautiful 228-acre lake, bisected by the border between Gardner and Ashburnham (with Gardner claiming the south half and .Ashburnham the north half).
There is no Google StreetView available in the area, and I live out in California. But fortunately my friend Ron B., who lives near Boston, traveled to the area, tracked down this site, and shot the photos you see below. ( Thanks Ron! )
I've tried to match the photos with screencaps from the show to give a good idea of what the Camp site looks like as of November 2021.
At first, I assumed that only the exteriors of the cabins were used in the filming, and that the interior shots (once the kids break into the cabin) were probably shot on a soundstage at the studio.
But Ron returned to
the area, and was able to enter the main cabin (where the kids were),
and we were surprised to find that the interior perfectly matched what
we saw in the episode, right down to the couch that Audrey was sitting
on. it's still there, and, as you can see in Ron's photos below, looks
exactly like it did on TV.
And other details such as the windows, doors, ceiling, and beams match as well.
So, we can safely assume that they filmed the interior scenes inside these actual cabins at Camp Collier.
The cabin that Dexter reaches, when he's being hunted by Kurt's henchman, is larger, and is located about 550 feet south of the other two cabins ( at 42°37'4.2"N 71°57'51.5"W ) According to the old map, it was apparently the camp's dining hall.
The entrance to the Camp lies at the intersection of Kelton Road & Camp Collier Road, and the latter road leads through the camp.
Unfortunately, Google StreetView isn't available In that area, but you'll find a map below.
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 Googling for images of the Camp quickly turned up photos of those
bluish-green log cabins, So it was easy to recognize them when they
showed up in the second episode.
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
sites, and returned after Episode 8 to get the photos of the new cabin. ( Thanks Ron ! )