Antoine Lake is one of the few places in Grenada where dozens of waterfowl can be found on a regular basis. The 12-ha lake is off the beaten path and surrounded by farmland, including sugarcane plantations for rum production. A dirt road leads to a fantastic vantage point above the lake where one can bird with a pair of binoculars or a good scope. Several of the uninhabited Grenadines are visible from the top of the hill.
It is also located near to the River Antoine Rum Distillery, which still uses its centuries-old waterwheel to crush sugarcane for rum production, and Belmont Estate, which is an organic agroforestry system with great food and great birding. One can easily make a day of birding and culture between Antoine Lake, River Antoine, and Belmont Estate.
Antoine Lake’s avifauna fluctuates throughout the year as it is a popular site for migratory waterfowl.
Commonly spotted at the site, often numbering in the dozens, are Blue-winged Teals; Pied-billed and Least Grebes; American Coots and Common Gallinules; Ruddy, Ring-necked, and Masked Ducks, and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks.
Other water-associated species include the Belted Kingfisher, Osprey, Laughing Gull, Magnificent Frigatebird, and all species of herons. Common landbirds in the area are the Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Gray Kingbird, Lesser Antillean Tanager, Caribbean Martin, and Smooth-billed Ani.
Take the main road heading north from Grenville, St. Andrew, until you reach the Tivoli junction (by the Tivoli Roman Catholic Church). Turn right onto this road until you reach the junction at La Poterie and then turn left. Follow the River Antoine road north along the coast until you see the sign for the entrance to the lake. There is a small dirt road that leads to the hill overlooking the lake.
There is usually a security guard stationed at the site, but there is no entrance fee.