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Pretty Prairie Road from Mayfield road to Red Bluffs will be closed from the September 11 thru the evening of the 12th to allow for Department Law Enforcement Training   

The Reservoir covers 9,537 surface acres and has 67 miles of shoreline. Its 849 square mile drainage basin encompasses parts of five counties: Reno, Stafford, Pratt, Sedgwick, and Kingman. The Wildlife Area consists of 5,439 terrestrial acres and 4,109 aquatic acres. The terrestrial acres consist of approximately 1,700 acres of cropland and 3,740 acres of prairie grasslands and riparian woodlands. The area also includes 2 miles of the North Fork of the Ninnescah River, 2 managed ponds, 1 strip pond, and several small streams that flow into the Reservoir. 22 miles of access roads traverse the Area. (brochure)

Phone:
Address:
21514 S. Yoder Rd (office)
Pretty Prairie,KS    67570
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Area News - Updated: 09/02/2015

Area News

NO OFF-ROAD DRIVING! YOU WILL GET STUCK. PLEASE STAY ON THE MAINTAINED ROADS AND PARKING AREAS!

Pretty Prairie Road from Mayfield road along the north side of the Refuge will be closed September 11 thru the 12 to allow for the training of department personnel. 

Cheney Shooting Range:

Target practice outside the range anywhere else at the Reservoir is unlawful

2015 schedule:

Friday's and Saturday's = 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday's = 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Holiday Closures: 

Winter Closure: The range will reopen March 6th for the summer

Range may be closed without prior notice during periods of inclement weather. (e.g. rain, lightning, snow, sleet, icy road conditions, high heat, high heat index, high winds). Common examples only.

Range will continue to be closed to the public Monday through Thursday. No Trespassing when the range is closed. Criminal Trespass is an arrestable offense!

Law Enforcement certified Range Officers operate the shooting range and are present at all times when the facility is open to the public.

Shotguns are not allowed on the range unless firing rifled slugs. No birdshot or buckshot!

Target stands, backers, and tacks are provided. Bring paper targets only.

Read all posted range rules and obtain your shooting permit (on-site) before shooting!

.50 BMG rifles/rounds are not allowed

Muzzleloader's are allowed

No armor pirecing or tracer ammunition allowed!

Armor Piercing examples: M2 .30-06 163 gr., M61 7.62 150.5 gr., FNP80 7.62 150 gr., M993 7.62 126.6 gr., AP 485 .338 Lapua Magnum 248 gr., M995 5.56x45mm NATO 52gr., S.m.K. 7.92x57 Mauser 178.25gr (examples only)

This is a marksmanship range. No rapid-fire.One shot every 4 seconds. Rapid-fire and misplaced shots have created serious damage to the wooden ricochet bunker posts and target stands. Range officers will warn you once about rapid firing or misplaced shots that hit the target stands or bunker posts. If there continues to be a problem after you've been warned, you will be asked to leave the range. Intentionally shooting the target stands, wooden bunker posts, or any other range structure (criminal damage to State property) will not be tolerated. Do your part to ensure this range remains open to the public by making sure your shots are hitting your paper target and by not rapid-firing.

Target practice outside the designated shooting range is unlawful. This is a statewide public lands law and applies to all KDWP Public Lands AND Walk-In Hunting Areas (WIHA's). Target practice can only occur at a designated (posted) area.

Off-road vehicles:

 Public Lands Regulations state that all vehicles must remain on maintained roads and parking areas. ATV's are illegal anywhere on Public Lands, including maintained roads. Vehicles MUST remain on maintained roads and parking areas at all times in all public areas around the Reservoir, including the State Park. Help protect our natural resources by complying with this law. Please call 911 if you observe ANY violation of the Law on our Public Areas.

Refuge:

Refuge gates will close October 1st 2015

Baiting, Tree Stands and Blinds

 Baiting on public lands is PROHIBITED. Each hunter is also allowed to place only 2 tree stands or portable blind that must be tagged with the hunters name and KDWPT number on it, the portable blinds shall not be left unattended over night.

General Information
Phone:
Address:
21514 S. Yoder Rd (office)
 
Pretty Prairie, KS    67570
County/Counties:

Cheney Reservoir & WA (PDF 894.21 kB)

Public Lands Manager: Chris Becker

The shooting range may be closed without prior notice during periods of inclement weather. (e.g. rain, lightning, snow, sleet, icy road conditions, high heat, high heat index, high winds).


Special Regulations

Special Regulations: All statewide Public Lands Regulations are in effect at Cheney. Some of the most often violated regulations include the following:

  • Target practice is allowed only at the designated shooting range (see special features).
  • Vehicles must remain on maintained roads and parking areas. No off-road vehicle use, including ATV’s.
  • No one can posses or consume cereal malt beverages with more than 3.2% alcohol by weight.
  • The possession or consumption of alcoholic liquor is prohibited.
  • Quiet hours on the area are from 11:00PM to 6:00AM.
  • A “No Trash” policy is in effect. All trash must be taken with you or discarded in the provided dumpsters at Fish Cove or DeWeese Park.
  • Dogs not engaged in the act of hunting must be secured on a leash or tether chain of not more than 10 feet in length.
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Tree stands or blinds must be portable/temporary or constructed with natural vegetation at the site. Stands may not be placed more than 14 days prior to the opening of that season and must be removed within 14 days of the close of that season.
  • See Public Lands Regulations Summary for complete listing

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

The Bureau of Reclamation began construction of the Reservoir in 1962 with impoundments beginning in 1965. Reservoir construction was planned as a multi-purpose project. The primary purpose of the Reservoir was to regulate the flow of the North Fork of the Ninnescah River for downstream flood control and to provide supplemental water supplies for municipal and industrial needs for the City of Wichita. Recreation, fish, and wildlife opportunities were provided as secondary benefits of the project. Cheney Reservoir currently provides 60% of Wichita's water needs.

Cheney Facilities
DeWeese Park
  • Type of Facility: Primitive Camping
  • Location of Facility: N37 48.913 W97 53.253
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    Also located at DeWeese Park is a boat ramp and vault toilet.


Yoder Fishing Jetty
  • Type of Facility: Jetty
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 48.038 W97 52.711

Fish Cove
  • Type of Facility: Primitive Camping
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 48.110 W97 51.959
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    Also located at the Fish Cove Camping Area is a parking lot, boat ramp, toilet, dock, and a jetty.


Red Bluffs
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 46.610 W097 48.454
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    Also located next to the Boat Ramp is a parking lot, vault toilet, dock, and jetty.

    The Red Bluffs Area will be closed to the public from September 11 thru the 12 to allow for the training of department personal.


Shooting Range
  • Type of Facility: Shooting Range
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 49.578' W097 54.674'
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    The Cheney Shooting Range is located along Parallel Road on the northwest end of the Wildlife Area. The range is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00AM to 5:00PM and Sundays 1:00PM to 5:00PM. It is closed on all designated holidays that occur over the weekend. These closed dates are posted at the entrance to the facility. Law Enforcement certified officers operate the range when open. Shooting benches, target backers, and target tacks are provided for both the 100 and 25 yard ranges. An ADA accessible bench is provided on each range as well as a uni-sex vault toilet.

    Rifles and pistols may be used on either range. Shotguns are allowed if firing slugs only. Individuals wishing to use the range need only bring firearms, ammunition, and paper targets. A no-cost shooting permit is required for each shooter. Permits are available at the range.

    This is a marksmanship range, no rapid fire

    .50 BMG rifles/rounds are not allowed

    Muzzleloader's are allowed

    Armor piercing and tracer rounds are prohibited

    Examples of armor piercing ammunition: M2 .30-06 163gr., M61 7.62 NATO 150.5gr., M993 7.62 126.6gr., M995 5.56x45mm NATO 52gr., FNP80 7.62 150gr., AP485 .338 Lapua Magnum 248gr., S.m.K. 7.92x57 Mauser 178.25gr. (examples only)

    Please read and understand all range rules before shooting. Public access to the range is strictly prohibited Monday through Thursday. Target practice anywhere else on the wildlife area is strictly prohibited and heavily enforced. This includes BB guns, paint ball guns, and archery equipment.

    Closures

    The range will reopen on March 6th for the summer, and may be closed with out prior notice. 


Wenzel Cove
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 45 46.37 W97 52 29.78
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    Located next to the Boat Ramp is also a parking lot, vault toilet, docks, and jetty.


Area Office
  • Type of Facility: Office
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 48.365 W097 51.763

Cheney Waterfowl Report - 02/04/2015
Waterfowl numbers  Mallard 12,Golden Eye 573, Canada 35
Water level  below conservation pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
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