Activities at Frank Holten SRA


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.


The 18-hole Grand Marais Golf Course, an athletic field, cross country course, basketball courts and a baseball diamond are among other attractions at Frank Holten.  For more information on the golf course and Lighthouse Restaurant, check the website at


Season hunting programs are offered at the site.  For details on seasons and other site-specific hunting regulations please review the Hunter Fact Sheet.


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, and can accommodate up to 2,000 patrons per day, with adequate parking for all.

Shelter reservations are accepted through the ExploreMoreIL™ website.