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08-28-2019   Office hours are changing this weekend to Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm until Labor Day weekend.  The office temp Cindy is going back to work at the school and this way we can at least stay open one day on the weekend.  Permits can still be purchased at the gates, the Marina and through the self-pay at the gates.  Our camphosts in the campgrounds are always willing to help as well. 

The whole park is back open.  Some areas have been under water for some time so they look kindof desolate but give our maintenance guys some time and things will look better.  They've been working like mad to get all of the electrical pedestals back up and going so thank them if you see them.  This week is spent replacing the site posts as quite a few of them floated away.

The cabins on the East Shore are open for business! For reservations please contact the Cheney State Park Office or These are brand new, two bedroom cabins with a beautiful view of the lake. Please contact the office for any questions.

The park features 29 miles of asphalt roads and parking areas; a park office; 2 marinas; 223 reservable electrical hookup sites with water; over 400 primitive camp sites; 4 trailer dumpstations; 6 boat ramps with 22 launching lanes; 4 courtesy docks; 2 fish cleaning stations; 7 modern pit toilets; 9 showerhouses; 1 shelter with restrooms; 2 large group shelters; 2 medium group shelters; 29 small picnic shelters; a large shelter and a restroom; 3 nature trails including a 5 mile bicycle/walking trail; and 9 modern cabins.

16000 NE 50th
Cheney,KS    67025-8487
Park News - Updated: 08/01/2019

08/01/2019 Cheney State Park if fully back up and going.  We do have some areas that maintenance has not been able to get to yet so we ask for your patience.  They worked very hard at getting the electrical sites fixed in Heimerman Point and Marina hookups so they deserve a pat on the back for their dedication to getting them back for the customers as soon as they could.

NEW HOURS.  STARTING MONDAY, THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 8:00 TO 4:30 UNTIL LABOR DAY WEEKEND when we go back to off-season hours.  Hope this doesn't inconvenience our customers too much.  Extra office staff is headed back to school.

Be sure to check out O'Briens Marina on the East shore area of Cheney State Park.  There are more things being added all of the time.  Their phone number is 316-570-4136.  There is also a bait shop at the west entrance of Cheney, West Side Bait and Beer.  Lisa's number is 620-200-3893.

Our off-season 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. 

Be sure to check out our Facebook page, 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

For more information about the availability and to make a reservation of a campsite or the cabins at Cheney State Park, go to, or call 316-542-3664. We have 225 water and electric utility sites available to reserve and 9 cabins.


Cheney State Park at Sunset

Cheney at Dusk
Cheney-Still as glass? Cheney?
New West Side Boat Ramp

Weather Station

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 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.



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 # 10, the Crappie, #11, the Walleye, and #12, the Catfish on the east side of the lake.  They are 2 bedroom cabins that we say can sleep up to 10 people. They have a full kitchen with a stove, refrigerator and dishes and rent for $150 a night for Friday and Saturday nights and both nights on a weekend need to be reserved. The price for Sunday through Thursdays evenings is $125 and its also the off-season price. 

On the west shore area, the Osprey is a 2 bedroom cabin, and the Heron is a 1 bedroom cabin. The cost of them is $95.00 a night Sunday through Thursday and $120.00 a night on Friday and Saturday nights with an $14.00 transaction 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 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. REMINDER! 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 $14.00 one time transaction 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.


View from the Cabin

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



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.


General Information
16000 NE 50th
Cheney, KS    67025-8487

Here are some helpful documents for your trip to Cheney State Park.

Cheney SP (PDF 904.43 kB)

Office Phone Number: 316-542-3664

West Of Wichita on 54/400 to K251 then North 4 miles

Cheney Reservoir Map

Cheney Reservior was constructed by the BOR and was finished in 1965. The lake consists of 9,600 surface acres of water. The State Park consists of 1,913 acres in three counties on the South end of the lake, both on the East shore and West Shore.

Cheney Areas
West Shore

East Shore
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 150
  • Water, Electric: 145
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Cheney Trails
Geifer Creek Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.129999995231628 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 43.214 W97 49.809
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    Interpretive Trail

Spring Creek Wildlife Observation Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.75 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 43.586 W97 50.275
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    Enjoy a walk on the trail to observe wildlife and nature. Part of the trail is elevated over a wetland and running stream

Cheney Cabins

Important Cabin Information:  Reservation Terms and Conditions, Cabin Reservation Information

Reserve Now

The smaller cabins will accommodate a family or group of up to four people and provides a bathroom/shower, microwave, refrigerator, full bed & bunk bed, air conditioner/heater, outside hydrant, picnic table, table & 4 chairs, common fire ring with grill. Some of the cabins have screened in porches and are in close proximity to the lake. Cabins #2 Kingfisher, #3 Nuthatch, #4 Mockingbird, #5 Pelican, #6 Kestrel and #7 the Roadrunner have screened in porches. The other three cabins are ADA accessible, Cabins #1 Heron, #8 Nighthawk and #9 Osprey.  These 3 cabins have decks not screened in porches.

Cheney Calendar

    Email Cheney

    This form allows you to email Cheney State Park with any questions you might have about the State Park and its facilities. This includes season openings and closings, campsite reservations, special events, etc.