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The Cheney Shooting Range is currently closed for the winter. We will reopen March 5th, 2021.

Patrons are reminded to practice proper social distancing and hygiene at the range to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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. 

21514 S. Yoder Rd (office)
Pretty Prairie,KS    67570

Public Lands Manager: Richard Rogers

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).

Area News - Updated: 10/24/2019

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Cheney Shooting Range: 

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

2019 schedule: 

Fridays and Saturdays = 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sundays =1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Winter Closure: Closes December 8 2019 for the winter and will reopen early March 2020

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 no exploding targets.

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 gates will reopen March 15, 2020

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. Blinds must be removed no later than two weeks after the close of season.

General Information
21514 S. Yoder Rd (office)
Pretty Prairie, KS    67570

Cheney Reservoir & WA (PDF 906.11 kB)

Public Lands Manager: Richard Rogers

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, DeWeese Park, or Red Bluffs.
  • 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.


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 new permit station by the range shed. 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 and exploding targets 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.

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 - 02/09/2021
Waterfowl numbers Large numbers of Canadian and Snow geese using reservoir and area crop fields.
Water level  1.07 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir. Area ponds are dry.
Hunting conditions


The reservoir was at a nearly full level most of the summer, so very few native food producing plants were able to establish along the shoreline. The recent drop in water level has left a large stretch of bare ground between concealment cover and water around most of the wildlife area. Despite the lack of food plants, hunting should improve if the reservoir comes back up. 

Expected hunting success  Poor

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Veteran/Military Season is Oct. 24-25, 2020. 

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct 31, 2020-Jan 3rd, 2021, and Jan 23-31, 2021.

Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup. The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit.

The refuge at Cheney Wildlife Area, located on the south side of Pretty Prairie Rd between Obee Rd and Kent Rd, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that water along the shoreline of the refuge is included in the restricted access area and is off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

Remember Cheney Reservoir has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water.

Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. Area roads are in the process of being upgraded - please use caution as some gravel may not have been fully spread. Off road vehicle use is strictly prohibited.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620) 459-6922. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.