Wichitans can get ready to dive into the Cheney and El Dorado state lakes this weekend.
Both lakes are at a healthy 6 inches or more above their regular depth levels, according to state park officials. Visitors to either park will be able to swim in and boat on the lakes without worrying about any threat of harmful blue-green algae for the summer.
El Dorado Lake was about 4.5 inches lower than normal last year due to a shortage of rain, park manager Seth Turner said. This year the lake is nearly 8 inches above normal, ready for swimmers and boaters.
The park had 125 utility campsites and many of its 600 traditional campsites available as of Wednesday afternoon, Turner said. Park officials expect about 50,000 visitors for the weekend. A parade will kick off festivities at 10 a.m. Friday, and a fireworks show is expected for nightfall.
“We actually have water this year, so we’re happy,” he said. “Conditions are pretty good.”
Cheney park had about 60 campsites with water and electricity utilities open for reservation and about 300 traditional campsites available as of Wednesday afternoon, said Ryan Stucky, Cheney State Park regional supervisor. All boating ramps also are open for the weekend for the park’s expected 40,000 visitors. Weekend events include live music and a sailing regatta.
“Everything’s about perfect,” he said. “We’re ready for anyone who wants to come out and enjoy the weekend.”