Dogatraz Island (formerly Spruce Island)

Dogatraz Island living area

20 minutes from Burlington and a million miles away from it all!
Accessible only by boat, Dogatraz Island has fragrant pine trees, rock ledges for jumping into the lake, a dock for sitting in the sun, hammocks for taking an afternoon nap, a clearing for a campfire, and a rustic one-bedroom camp house with a screened porch that overlooks the western side of the lake (you’ll see some great sunsets!).
The camp house sleeps up to six, and you can also pitch tents in various places around the island.

Dogatraz Island is completely private - it’s only about 1 acre and we own the whole thing, so you will have the entire place to yourself.

Dogs are welcome, but because of the rock ledges we don’t allow kids under 10.

During your stay on Dogatraz Island we will provide:

  • A full kitchen with stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, cooking/grilling utensils, dishes and cutlery, etc
  • A small barbeque grill (there’s also a place for a campfire)
  • A canoe, rowboat, and 4 kayaks
  • All bedding and towels

You need to provide your own food, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, firewood, and recreational equipment (swimming gear, floats, tents, etc).

Dogatraz Island is a rustic camp - the perfect place to get away from it all. Part of the fun is living more simply and doing without some modern conveniences.

Here is a description of the facilities on the island:

  • The tap water is potable using a filtration system and UV light
  • We now have a flush toilet with composting system with 15 seconds of maintenance a day
  • There is electricity and hot running water.
  • There is no cable or internet (and we don’t intend to change that).
  • There is no landline at the island, but most cell phones get reception there. (If you wish, however, you can tell your boss that there’s no cell phone reception at all.)

Other important things you should know about Dogatraz Island before you come:

  • No emergency services can reach the island. In the case of injury or illness you will have to get to shore before you can get help.
  • There are rock ledges on the island which can be slippery when wet, and from which there is a risk of falling into the lake if you do not walk carefully.
  • Diving from anywhere on the island is absolutely prohibited.
  • No children under the age of 10 may be on the island at any time.
  • No minor children may be alone on the island at any time.
  • You should feel free to bring your dog(s), as long as you think they will be smart about the rock ledges.
  • The cabin sleeps up to six comfortably including the loft.
  • Guests may not drive our motorboat (insurance won’t cover it), but may bring their own motorboats and/or canoes if they wish.
  • There is plenty of room to pitch tents on the island if you want to camp.
  • We don’t give refunds for bad weather.
See our AirBNB listing for current information and a calendar for rental availability.