Kansans head to the lake for an extended weekend


CHENEY, Kan. (KSNW) – Many Kansans are taking advantage of the extra day this Labor Day weekend to enjoy the lake.

By 10 a.m. Saturday, the rain had cleared, and many people rushed to Cheney Lake. So far this year, the park manager said it had been the second busiest they have ever seen.

“Everyone that works hard gets the day off. That’s what I think,” said Charles Reynolds, who was at Cheney Park on Saturday.

“Labor Day is a reward for everybody for working throughout the year and works so hard and no school that is what it means to me,” said Caleb Swak.

An extra day of relaxation not being stopped by the rain.

“It started a little bit slower with the rain and everything, but as the sun came out this afternoon, there have been quite a few people who have made it out here. I believe as the weekend goes on, especially tomorrow, it will be especially busy out here,” said Shayne Koppes, Cheney Lake park manager.

Koppes said they have at least four to eight staff members out all weekend to accommodate the busy weekend, but he said he hopes campers get along.

“Be responsible. Obviously, if you have been drinking, don’t get in a car and drive. Everyone just tries your best to get along,” said Koppes.

“We knew it was gonna be a busy weekend, and that is how we like it,” said Abigail Reynolds.

Campers said they take their own precautions when out at the lake.

“Definitely bug spray,” said Abigail Reynolds.

“Just stay within the family basically don’t roam around with anyone else,” said Swak.

Koppes also said to be careful when out on the lake and to make sure to watch out for other boats in the water.

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