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Camping at Cheney State Park

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Location and Overview

Cheney State Park, located in Kansas, USA, offers an escape to nature with ample opportunities for camping and other outdoor activities. The park is situated approximately 20 miles west of Wichita, surrounding the Cheney Reservoir, providing beautiful waterfront views and an ideal environment for water sports.

Camping Facilities

The park boasts several campgrounds with various amenities to cater to different camping experiences:

  • Modern Campgrounds: These include utility hookups with electric, water, and sometimes sewer for RVs and trailers.

  • Primitive Campsites: For those seeking a more traditional camping experience, these sites often have no utility hookups, offering a back-to-nature ambiance.

  • Cabins: Some visitors may prefer to rent cabins, which provide shelter and basic accommodations without the need for tents or RVs.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Campsite reservations can be made online through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website or by calling the park office.

Fees: The park charges fees for camping, which depend on the type of site and amenities provided. It's important to check the latest fees and make reservations well in advance, especially during peak season.

Activities and Amenities

  • Boating and Fishing: With access to the Cheney Reservoir, visitors can enjoy boating, water skiing, and fishing for species like walleye, crappie, and channel catfish.

  • Hiking and Wildlife Viewing: The park has trails for hiking and opportunities for bird watching and seeing other wildlife.

  • Picnicking and Playgrounds: Day-use areas are equipped with picnic tables, shelters, and playgrounds for family enjoyment.

Rules and Regulations

  • Firewood Policy: Due to the threat of tree diseases, bringing in outside firewood may be restricted. Campers should check the policy and purchase firewood locally or collect it within the park if allowed.

  • Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be leashed and controlled at all times. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

  • Quiet Hours: To ensure a peaceful experience for all campers, quiet hours are usually enforced in the evenings through early morning.

  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol consumption may have restrictions or be prohibited in certain areas of the park. Always check the current regulations before bringing alcohol.

  • Fishing License: Anglers will need a Kansas fishing license to fish in the reservoir, which can be purchased via the state's wildlife and parks website or at various vendors.

Safety Considerations

  • Weather: Kansas weather can be unpredictable, with the potential for severe thunderstorms and high winds. Campers should stay informed about weather forecasts and be prepared for emergencies.

  • Wildlife: While wildlife encounters add to the camping experience, keep a safe distance and do not feed wild animals.

  • Water Safety: Always exercise caution when in or near the water, and wear life jackets when participating in water sports.


Cheney State Park works to provide facilities that are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Check with the park office for details about accessible camping options and amenities.

Contact Information

Before heading out, it's always a good idea to contact the park directly for the most current information regarding facilities, reservations, and any alerts or advisories.

  • Contact Number: Obtain this from the park's official website or directory.

  • Website: Visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website for additional details and updates.

Planning ahead and being prepared can help ensure a fun, safe, and memorable camping trip at Cheney State Park.

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