The Gileppe Dam
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I was on my way to Spa when I saw a sign of the Gileppe Dam and I decided to drive there to have a look. I had never heard about the dam but I saw that there were many commercials along the road telling me that this was a worthwhile.
The weight-type dam which is found in Gileppe is one of the oldest in Europe; it was built between 1869 and 1878 and raised in 1971 and thereby enlarged the lake to 1.3 square kilometers. It has a capacity of 25 million cubic meters. In the middle of this dam stands a 13.5 meter-high lion which was fashioned by Felix Bourré and is made up of 186 blocks. A panoramic viewpoint offers a great sight, in particular over the Hertogenwald.The Gileppe River has a length of about 20 km and it is a left tributary of the Vesdre. The rivers source is in the High Fens of eastern Belgium. The artificially created lake at the dam supplies the water for the area of Eupen and greater Liège. The dam wall is 61 m high and 416 m long; at the basis the wall has a thickness of 55 m and at the top a thickness of 11 m. Visitors can park their car nearby and walk over the dam. Sail boats are allowed on the lake, but motor boats are banned in order to keep the water as pure and clear as possible