Located in south central Kansas 25 miles west of Wichita, the 9,500-acre Cheney Reservoir is known as one of the finest sailing lakes in the United States. Several national sailing regattas have been held here, including national championships. It's a breathtaking sight when more than 100 multi-colored sailboats grace the lake at the same time.
In addition to serving as a base for sailing and sail boarding, Cheney State Park's 2,000 acres include 185 electric hookup sites with water, 22 boat launching lanes, four modern pit toilets, eight restrooms with showers, one shelter house with restrooms, a marina, and two trailer dump stations.
Completed in 1964, the 1,913-acre state park is located on the south end of the lake on both east and west shores. Camping is permitted only in designated areas.
Swimming, fishing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. The nearby wildlife area provides 5,250 acres of natural area for hunting and wildlife viewing. A waterfowl refuge provides an excellent opportunity to view ducks and geese.
The refuge is off limits September 15 through March 1.
The Ninnescah Sailing Center on the west shore is the "headquarters" for sailing at Cheney. On the east shore, a full-service marina carries supplies for the boater and the fisherman.