Cheney State Park News
The Cheney State Park office will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th for the Christmas Holiday and will re-open for business on December 28th. We will also be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016 for New Year's Day and on Monday, January 18, 2016 so that staff can commemorate Martin Luther King Day. Our regular office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with a lunch closing from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm. ALERT: Water is shut off at Cheney State Park starting mid-October and bathrooms are shut down for the winter. There are 20 sites, #'s 32 through 51 in Smarsh Creek campground that have frost-free hydrants and have water year-round. To make a reservation for one of those sites, call the office @ 316-542-3664. Attention: KDWPT requires a 5 night stay for the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
Reminder: The 2016 permits and licenses are on sale now with the annual camping permit at a reduced price until April 1st. Reservations for the 2016 camping season can now be made on reserveamerica.com. Lock in your favorite spot now while the selection is good.
Be sure to check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CheneyStatePark for current events and happenings at Cheney.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) reminds visitors that all Kansas state parks are open for business. State park camping areas, cabins, trails, boat ramps, and other amenities are open, as are many of the businesses who serve lake visitors. KDWPT offices and nature centers are open during regular hours, and access to all wildlife areas and fishing lakes operated by the department remains unchanged. Regular state park fees apply.
Hunting licenses, deer permits and boating registrations can also be taken care of here and we have a full range of brochures and information available. To get more information on seasons and purchasing permits, go to http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us.
For more information about the availability and to make a reservation of a campsite or the cabins at Cheney State Park, go to www.reserveamerica.com, or call 316-542-3664. We have 225 water and electric utility sites available to reserve and 9 cabins.
Cheney State Park at Sunset
Here are a couple of rare pictures of Cheney State Park at sunset with no wind. These pictures were taken by a state park patron and sent to us to publish.
New Handicapped Accessible Courtesy Dock
The west side boat ramp has received a much-needed improvement with the addition of a new handicapped accessible courtesy dock. We think boaters will be pleased with the addition.
The partnership of the Ninnescah Sailing Association, the Friends of Cheney Lake, and the Cheney Lake Association have worked to provide a weather station at Cheney State Park providing current weather conditions ‘real time’. The weather station can be accessed by going to www.ninnescah.org and clicking on weather conditions.
Through these same partnerships and with their funding, we have some new aerial pictures in our photo gallery that help us with a better view of what conditions are and help in planning future projects. Check them out.
CHENEY STATE PARK NEWS
Our cabins have become very popular and we have many repeat customers. The cabins came to Cheney State Park through the efforts of our Friends of Cheney Lake Group. They formed to enhance their enjoyment of Cheney Reservoir and to help provide improvements that the regular budget cannot cover. Their first project was finding funding for 7 rental cabins and after the fact providing for and paying for the upkeep of them. Our board members include the former manager of Cheney State Park, and members of the Ninnescah Sailing Association, as well as members of the Cheney Lake Association, another group formed to enhance Cheney State Park. We are very happy with the benefits that working with our Friends Group provides us.
We recently have added Cabin #9, the Osprey, and Cabin #1, the Heron. The Osprey is a 2 bedroom cabin, the only one in the state so far and the Heron is a 1 bedroom cabin. The cost of it is $95.00 a night Sunday through Thursday and $110.00 a night on Friday and Saturday nights with an $11.50 reservation fee. We're estimate they will sleep 6 to 8 with the Osprey having two sets of bunkbeds in one bedroom, a full sized bed and futon in the other bedroom and a futon in the living area. It is also more furnished than our other cabins with a full sized refrigerator and stove, dishes, cookware and utensils. The Heron has a full sized bed and a futon in the bedroom, a futon and a Murphy bed in the living room. You will still have to bring your own bedding and towels.
Call or go to https://reserve.ksoutdoors.com to check on the availability of the cabins for a weekend getaway. It’s beautiful this time of year and very relaxing, perfect for a retreat. ThREMINDER! The cabins can be reserved up to a year in advance and there are gift certificates available to give as gifts. The prices of the smaller cabins are $85.00 a night on Fridays, Saturdays, and Holidays, and we require both nights on a weekend to be reserved and all three nights on a Holiday weekend. The price Sunday through Thursday is $65.00 a night and there is an $11.50 one time reservation fee for each reservation. These prices are in effect until the off-season starts October 1st. The prices are then $65.00 a night every night.
We are getting ready to staff the State Fair Cabin at the Kansas State Fair. It's a way to see an example of the cabins that are available in our State Parks for renting. The cabin is very well received by the public and hopefully will generate visitation to the State Parks when people see there are alternatives to "sleeping on the ground". The new online reservation system is available now so it's now possible to check availability and make a cabin reservation online. Go to https://reserve.ksoutdoors.com.
Cheney State Park is fortunate to have a great partnership with the Ninnescah Sailing Association. Through their efforts, they have built a gorgeous facility and we are lucky to have such great neighbors. The sailing club sponsors events that draw participants nation-wide to our park, and we always receive positive comments about the beauty of the club grounds and our park. Thank you for being such good stewards of Department Lands. This year the club and the lake both celebrated 50 years of existence.
Cheney Reservoir is considered to be a premier sailing, windsurfing, and kite-boarding lake. We have even been ranked one of the 10 windiest lakes by Windsurfing Magazine. Regattas are being held most weekends during the summer so you can often get a glimpse of some colorful sails.