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16000 NE 50th St. Cheney, KS 67025

Only 16 miles west of Wichita, Cheney State Park covers roughly1,913 acres. The Lake at Cheney is known for its dependable winds and draws sail-boaters and windsurfers from around the country. The Ninnescah Sailing Center on the West Shore Area is a mecca for those seeking water sports with a healthy dose of wind.

In addition to a marina on the East Shore, the park’s 22 boat-launching lanes provide convenient access to the 9,600-acre lake.Giefer Creek and Spring Creek nature trails offer scenic hiking around the lake. A handicapped-accessible fishing area is available at the Toadstool Loop Jetty.

Cheney is the windiest lake in the lower 48 states, with an average wind speed of 13.9 mph, and is listed as one of the top ten lakes in the nation for sailing and windsurfing.

Great For:

  • Water Sports
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife & Bird Watching
  • Parasailing
  • Camping
  • Hiking

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    16000 NE 50th St. Cheney, KS 67025

    • Geifer Creek Nature Trail
      • Length- .33 miles
      • Terrain - Forest
      • Difficulty level – Easy
      • Usage – Hiking and Mountain biking
    • Spring Creek Wildlife Observation Trail
      • Length- .25 miles
      • Terrain – Elevated walkway
      • Difficulty level – Easy
      • Usage – Hiking and Mountain Biking
      • Enjoy a walk on the trail to observe wildlife and nature. Part of the trail is elevated over a wetland and running stream
    • West Side Trail
      • Length – 5 miles
      • Terrain – Forest to prairie
      • Difficulty level – Moderate
      • Usage – Hiking, Running, Mountain biking
      • The Longest trail that is available in the park. Starts at the park office and goes all the way up the west side of the park to the boundary at South Yoder Road.
  • Modern Cabins
    Primitive Cabins
    Primitive Campsites
    Electric and Water Hookups
    Full Hookups
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      Exploring one of the 28 Kansas State Parks provides visitors an opportunity to see the natural beauty of this amazing state. The state parks system includes a rail trail, historic structures and events.

      • Turkey

      • Deer

      • Roadrunner

      • Scissor-tailed flycatcher

      • Bald eagles

      • Pelicans

      • Gulls

      • Armadillos

      • Walleye
      • Wipers
      • White bass
      • White perch
      • Channel catfish
      • Blue catfish
    • Facilities

      • ADA fishing dock
      • ADA fishing jetty
      • ADA fuel dock.
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    • Cheney State Park FAQs

      Do I need a permit to visit Cheney State Park?

      You’ll need to purchase aVehicle Permit for daily visits or have a valid State Park Passport.

      A Camping permit is required for overnight stays. 14-Day, Seasonal, and Annual Camping Passes are also available online as well as at the State Park Offices.

      Cheney Park Office - (316) 542-3664

      Park Permits

      Where can I buy the permits needed to get into Cheney State Park?

      Vehicle permits, camping, and utility permits are required year-round and are available online,from the office, or self-pay station.

      CheneyPark Office - (316) 542-3664

      Purchase Permits

      Do you have to pay to get into Cheney State Park?

      Yes, Cheney State Park requires a permit for park usage and overnight stays. For more information on State Park fees, please click here.

      Cheney Park Office - (316) 542-3664

      Park Fees

      Are dogs allowed at Cheney State Park?

      Yes, all pets must always be restrained by a camper, cage, hand-held leash, or tethered chain no longer than 10 feet. They are not allowed on swimming beaches or swimming areas that are delineated by buoys or other markers or in public buildings or structures. Dogs participating in authorized activities or assisting the visually or hearing impaired are not subject to these restrictions.

      Park Rules

      Can I fish at Cheney State Park?

      Yes, fishing is permitted at Cheney State Park.Questions pertaining to fishing should be directed to the Cheney Park Office - (316) 542-3664.

      Fishing License

      Can I hunt at Cheney State Park?

      Questions pertaining to hunting and the wildlife area should be directed tothe Cheney Park Office - (316) 542-3664

      Hunting License

      Can I fly a drone at Cheney State Park?

      Drone flying is only permitted in some designated areas at some State Parks. Please contact theCheney Park Office at (316) 542-3664 for more information on whether or not drone flying is permissible.

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