Just within sight of the iconic Gateway Arch on the Illinois side is the 1,080-acre urban park, Frank Holten Park. This park, located at 4500 Pocket Road, is a premier recreational destination in the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois. The park features a variety of attractions, including an 18-hole golf course, fishing facilities, picnicking, sports fields, a cross-country track and baseball fields.
Frank Holten is also home to two lakes—Whispering Willow Lake and Grand Marais Lake—providing five miles of shoreline filled with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish for baiting. Other wildlife in the area varies from vibrant plants to furry animals. Scotch pine, maple, oak, poplar, sycamore, ginkgo, tulip, red bud, sweet gum, and wild cherry trees provide a canopy of shade and scenic landscape; scurrying among the roots are species like rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, fox, groundhog, muskrat, and mink. The camping grounds and picnic areas are ideal for wildlife observation and recreational family outings. For information, call 618-874-7920.