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Looking for a unique day out? Come and see the lake Gileppe dam, a masterpiece of structural engineering. Nature, sports, leisure: there is so much to do in the area.

Around the lake Gileppe

The dam itself can be visited, a wonderful opportunity to see how it works from the inside and learn about its history.

You can also take a lovely walk (15 km, slightly hilly) around the lake Gileppe to relax and feel in harmony with nature. This can be done on bike or e-bike. Do try the didactic walk through 2 km of uneven terrain in Baelen - straight into the forest!

This path is not adapted to strollers, children's bikes, wheelchairs and is not recommended to persons with reduced mobility or who would find such a terrain difficult to handle.

The play area will delight the little ones.

The dam: story and anecdotes

  • The Gileppe dam is one of the oldest in Europe. It was built in 1869 on the request of wool traders from Verviers.
  • The last work on the dam, in 1971, allows it to store 25 millon cubic metres of water.
  • The lion, symbol of the Gileppe dam, was created by the artist Félix Antoine Bourré.

Worked up an appetite?

See the region from up high from the panoramic restaurant, towering 77 metres above the dam.

You will also find a tea room with a terrace with a grill offer on sunny weekends.

Visitors with specific needs

This attraction, Access-i certified offers facilities and activities adapted to visitors with specific needs. Click here for details.

There is something for the whole family at the Gilette Lake.

COVID-19 : Please note PCR tests and quarantines remain a strict requirement when travelling to Belgium. We do our best to keep our information up to date but it's always best to check with the site you wish to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply a look at their website - to see their latest opening hours and entry conditions. Some will prefer you to book your ticket in advance. Infos
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