Located within sight of St. Louis Gateway
Arch, Frank Holten is an urban site almost entirely surrounded by East
St. Louis. The 1,080-acre St. Clair County park features an 18-hole golf course and facilities
for fishing, picnicking and other outdoor recreational activities.
Established in 1964 and named
Grand Marais, the name was changed to Frank Holten on May 1, 1967, in
honor of the late distinguished legislator from East St. Louis. First
elected in 1916, Holten served 48 years in the Illinois General Assembly.
In addition to the lakes and facilities located
at Frank Holten, the park features a diversity of plant and animal life.
Shade and decorative trees include Scotch pine, maple, oak, poplar, sycamore,
ginko, tulip, redbud, sweetgum and wild cherry. Water lily, lilac,
arrowhead, bridal wreath, honeysuckle bush and mock orange are some of
the blossoming flowers and bushes. Many common wildlife species may be
viewed in the park, such as rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, fox, groundhog,
muskrat and mink.
Frank Holten has one of the largest day use areas in the area.
The park area consists of picnic shelters, barbecue pits, sanitation facilities
and drinking fountains. The facility can accommodate up to 2,000 patrons
per day, with adequate parking for all.
A variety of refreshments are offered, including sandwiches, snack items
and soft drinks. The stand is located in the golf clubhouse.
Frank Holten has two lakes - Whispering Willow Lake and Grand Marais Lake
- with a combined water surface of 208 acres and 5 miles of shoreline.
Wispering Willow Lake was rehabilitated in 1983 and stocked with largemouth
bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Boat and bank fishing is allowed,
but boat anglers must use trolling motors or motors no larger than 10 horsepower.
Daily creel and length limits are in effect for some sport species.
Anglers are advised to check with the site for special
regulations before fishing.
Boat launch ramps
are available on Wispering Willow and Grand Marais lakes. No boat rentals exist at Frank Holten.
Frank Holten has an 18-hole golf course, named Grand Marais.
The park also offers a combined football-soccer field, a cross-country
track, basketball courts and baseball diamonds.
- While groups of 25 or
more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required
to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling
- At least one responsible
adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- Pets must be kept on
leashes at all times.
- Actions by nature can
result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park
office before you make your trip.
- We hope you enjoy your
stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
- For more information
on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity,
Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
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for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175
for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.