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Grand Etang

This lake with an inactive volcano underneath is often said to be bottomless. 


Nestled deep within the lush, tropical rainforest of Grenada lies a hidden gem shrouded in mystery and enchantment—Grand Etang Lake. This serene, azure body of water, perched 1,700 feet above sea level, is a crater lake formed in the dormant heart of an ancient volcano. Its volcanic origins, dating back to the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, lend an air of ancient mystique to the landscape, making it a must-visit for adventurous travelers and nature enthusiasts alike. 

Encircled by the Grand Etang National Park, the lake offers a glimpse into a bygone era when volcanic activity sculpted the island’s rugged terrain. Legends whisper that a mermaid dwells in the lake’s depths, luring unwary men to a watery grave, adding an eerie allure to its crystal-clear waters. While no mermaid sightings have been confirmed, the lake still harbors its secrets. Grand Etang has uncharted geological networks and has been occasionally observed bubbling when the famous nearby undersea volcano called Kick ’em Jenny is active. 

Grand Etang is steeped in history, with the Indigenous Caribs once using the area as a sacred camp. The reserve also played a pivotal role in the island’s colonial past. In 1796, the British captured a French stronghold at Fedon’s Camp near Mount Qua Qua, a testament to the park’s strategic importance.

At the heart of this vibrant ecosystem, Grand Etang Lake serves as a tranquil oasis where visitors can picnic, unwind, and absorb the stunning scenery. The lake’s shores teem with life, from colorful tropical fish and birds to various species of frogs, lizards, and even monkeys. The dense rainforest, dotted with marvelous biodiversity, offers a multi-sensory feast for the eyes and ears. 

Whether you’re drawn by the allure of mythical mermaids, the challenge of mountain trails, or the simple beauty of a rainforest oasis, Grand Etang Lake guarantees a treasured journey into one of Grenada’s most enchanting and mysterious natural landscapes. 

Know Before You Go

There is a $2 USD fee to enter the park. Avoid feeding the monkeys unless instructed to do so. Fishing at the lake is not allowed. 

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June 19, 2024

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