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Frank Holten State Recreation Area
FRANK HOLTEN STATE RECREATION AREA
FRANK HOLTEN STATE RECREATION AREA
4500 Pocket Road
East St. Louis, Illinois   62205

Phone: 618-874-7920
Reservations: 618-874-7920
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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 park features an 18-hole golf course and facilities for fishing, picnicking, and other outdoor recreational activities.

The park was established in 1964 and named Grand Marais. On May 1, 1967, the name was changed to Frank Holten, in honor of the late distinguished legislator from East St. Louis. First elected in 1916, Holten served 48 years in the Illinois General Assembly. He died in December, 1966 at the age of 98.
Nature of the Area
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, red bud, sweet gum, 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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
AccommodationsGolf Courseyes
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Boating
There are no boat rentals at Frank Holten. Boat launch ramps are available on Wispering Willow and Grand Marais lakes.


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Picnicking
Frank Holten has one of the largest day use areas in the surrounding 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.
Area Attractions
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, and baseball diamonds.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 7
Good fishing. Born in the area and have fished there for 50 years. Not kept up as well as other state facilities.


Area Campgrounds

Cahokia RV Parque
4060 Mississippi Avenue
Cahokia, IL
618-332-7700


Casino Queen RV Park
200 South Front Street
East St. Louis, IL
618-874-5000


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Doc's Lakeside Cabin - Jonesboro, ILCottages and Cabins
Doc's Lakeside Cabin was built in 2012 and is located in beautiful Southern Illinois. Let us welcome you to setting where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
Web Site: docslakesidecabin.com
88.8 miles from park*
Carry On Inn - Kirkwood, MOCottages and Cabins
Carry On Inn is a log cabin in Sullivan, Missouri. It is the place where you can leave behind your concrete, traffic and pollution, your busy schedules, stresses, worries and cares and just relax and find peace in these beautiful scenic surroundings.
Web Site: carryoninn.com
17 miles from park*
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