More Information on Dogatraz Island

During your stay on Spruce 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)
  • 2 canoes, 2 adult lifejackets, 4 paddles for your use while you’re there
  • All bedding and towels
  • Bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, and cooking
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Fresh bottled drinking water

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

Spruce 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 not potable, but it is safe for bathing.
  • There is no toilet on the island - only an outhouse.
  • There is electricity and hot running water. You’ll have to let the hot water heater warm up for a few hours before you use it the first time.
  • There are no laundry facilities on the island (we don’t want to get detergent in the lake).
  • There is no cable or internet (all we have is a vintage VCR/TV setup).
  • 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.)
  • The woodstove is not currently set up for guest use - a space heater is provided for heat if you need it (sometimes Vermont nights get cold).

Other important things you should know about Spruce 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, but there’s only one bedroom (with six bunks - two doubles, two singles)
  • 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, unless the National Weather Service orders an evacuation.