Area lakes expecting busiest weekend of summer for Labor Day

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CHENEY RESERVIOR, Kansas – Kansas lakes are expecting their biggest crowds in years this Labor Day weekend with beautiful weather forecast and the lakes finally full after nearly three years of drought.

“Our phones have been quite busy over the last couple of weeks,” said Ryan Stucky, Cheney Reservoir park supervisor.

At Cheney, the water levels earlier his summer were the lowest they’ve been since the reservoir was built.

It’s now at 120 percent capacity since the heavy rains in late July and early August.

“I didn’t think Labor Day weekend would look like this but its sure nice to see it this way,” said Stucky.

They’re expecting their busiest weekend in years with many of their campsites already reserved.

At El Dorado Reservoir, campers were out Wednesday claiming their spots for what’s also expected to be one of their busiest weekends in years.

“We’re happy,” said Tracy Clifton as she staked out her spot. “This is our one last chance to go out and have fun this summer.”

The Shady Point Marina in the park remains shut down after it was torn up during a storm earlier this summer. The foot bridge to the docks remains out and the marina is closed for repairs.

A specially fabricated new bridge is being crafted in Oklahoma but marina employees aren’t sure when it will be delivered.

Boat launches remain open at the lake for the Labor Day weekend.

AAA estimates that this will be the busiest Labor Day for travel nationwide since 2008.

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