Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve (Grenada)

Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve (Grenada)

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:28
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Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve is the oldest and largest protected area in Grenada. Its varied elevation and terrain maintain several different ecological subsystems. Grand Etang Lake is the focal point of the forest reserve.

Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve

Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve is the oldest and largest protected area in Grenada. Occupying a large portion of central Grenada Island, the reserve teems with exotic wildlife and it is here that you'll find four of Grenada's tallest peaks.

Grand Etang's varied elevation and terrain maintain several different ecological subsystems, culminating in elfin woodlands high up on the slopes of the reserve’s central mountains.

The 3,088-acre (1,250-ha) reserve was established in 1906. Its varied elevation and terrain maintain several different ecological subsystems, culminating in elfin woodlands high up on the slopes of the reserve’s central mountains.

The reserve teems with exotic wildlife including frogs, lizards and iguana as well as mammals such as opossums, armadillos, mongoose and the Mona monkey.

The broad winged hawk (known here as the gree-gree), Lesser Antillean swift, Antillean euphonia, purple throated carib, Antillean crested hummingbird (known as the Doctor Bird) and the Lesser Antillean tanager (known as the soursop) are all common sights.

Grand Etang is the most popular inland attraction on the island, visited by tens of thousands of people annually. The reserve suffered great devastation from both Hurricanes Ivan and Emily, in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Grand Etang Lake

Grand Etang Lake is the focal point of the forest reserve. The 14.5-ha (36-acre) lake fills the crater of one of the island’s extinct volcanoes, standing at an elevation of 530 m (1,740 ft).

Evidence suggests that the lake is connected to Kick 'em Jenny, an active submarine volcano to the north. This is because when Kick Em Jenny was observed bubbling, so too were the waters in Grand Etang Lake.

The rain forest around the lake holds a rich diversity of flora that includes towering mahogany and giant gommier trees as well as a multitude of ferns, tropical flowers, rare orchids and other indigenous plants.