The bivouac area of the Gileppe is located near the lake of the Gileppe. (Tour of the lake: 15 kms). The dam building and its lion statue dating from its creation (1878) are worth a stop. On the spot: possibility to eat, rent bicycles and pedal boats, acrobranch activity, …

The bivouac area is located in one of the most extensive forests in Belgium, the Hertogenwald, at the foot of the High-Fens plateau. It is accessible all year round except for a few days during the hunting season (October – December).

You can spend a night in this bivouac area. It is intended for hikers, cyclists and horse riders but not for motorised vehicles.

This bivouac area is managed by the Walloon Agency for Nature and Forests (DNF) of the Verviers cantonment. Regular checks are carried out by DNF officers, who can fine disrespectful visitors.

Practical information

– No toilets are available on site.
– There is no drinking water on site.
– There is a river on the edge of the bivouac area.
– Access is exclusively by foot, bicycle or horse (no motorised vehicles are allowed).
– The lake of the Gileppe is a drinking water reserve that must be preserved. Sailing and swimming are not permitted.
– The nearest shops are in Jalhay.

Fact Check - Area A

Name of the area : Gileppe (Baelen)
Number of pitches : 13
Maximum number of persons : 26
Coordinates : GPS : N 50 34.370  E 6 00.330
°/min/sec : N 50 34 22 E 6 00 19
WGS84 : 50.572833 6.0055
X / Y : 32N 287972  5606606
Access : Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders
Rescue and emergencies : 112
DNF Verviers : +32 (0)87 293 480

Regulations and good practices

10 tips to keep in mind for your safety and peace of mind!

  1. Daytime camping is not allowed.
  2. Always respect the maximum number of campers on the site.
  3. Only pitch your tent in the area reserved for the bivouac zone.
  4. Unless otherwise posted, a small campfire is allowed in the designated areas (stone rings).
  5. Respect the fauna, flora and rivers. It is forbidden to cut wood or cause damage to nature.
  6. Ensure the peace and quiet of other users and the conviviality of the site. The bivouac areas are not places for parties or student parties!
  7. Always take your rubbish with you. The area must remain clean and welcoming.
  8. Never leave the bivouac area with a fire burning.
  9. Always keep your dog on a lead.
  10. Comply with the instructions of the DNF officers.

Violation of the rules in force may result in legal action or a fine. Read the full charter

Booking an overnight stay in the bivouac area of the gileppe

In order to manage the frequentation of the site and to avoid saturation of the bivouac area, a reservation system has been set up.

You can reserve one or more tent pitches. This depends on the availability on the desired date. Each defined pitch can accommodate a maximum of 2 tents for 2 people.

The managers of the High Fens-Eifel Nature Park and the Walloon Agency of Nature and Forests (DNF) have access to the reservation data in order to be able to carry out checks in the field and to follow up any inappropriate behaviour.

At certain times (hunting, weather or forestry warnings, etc.), it is possible that some dates may be unavailable.

Once the form has been completed and sent, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail (remember to check for spam). If you need to cancel your reservation, please inform the managers of the High Fens-Eifel Nature Park by sending an e-mail to  

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Please note: there is room for 2 tents with a maximum of 2 people