Barrage de la Gileppe

Partly located within the realms of Baelen-Membach, the Gileppe Dam is an undeniable tourist attraction.

The creation of this dam was demanded by the wool-makers of Verviers in 1857, in order to benefit from the forty thousand cubic litres of pure water necessary every day for the textile industry at the time.

Filling of the lake behind the Gileppe Dam started in May 1875 and the dam was inaugurated on 28th July 1878 in the presence of King Léopold II.

In its 78-metre high panoramic tower, there is an information centre as well as a luxury restaurant-brasserie.

Today, the Gileppe Dam, its lion monument and its lake attract visitors (both tourists and local inhabitants) seeking exercise, calm and nature, whether on foot, by bike or on horseback!

  • Cafeteria
  • Parking
  • Coach park
  • Picnic table
  • Toilets

Info visit

  • Unaccompanied visits for individuals (always available)
  • Guided tours for groups (on request)
  • Route de la Gileppe, 55
  • 4837 Baelen
  • Belgique
  • 50.58644
  • 5.96981
  • 11


Language(s) French

The Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Vesdre ASBL is currently closed for an indefinite period.

Unfortunately, our reception office has been severely affected by the floods in our country and we will not be able to welcome

We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as the situation allows (December 2021).

We apologise in advance for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding! We can of course be reached by email ( or phone +32 87 30 79 26!

The team of the Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Vesdre ASBL