10 Lakes with Swimming Beaches for Kids Around Wichita

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Kansas summers are H-O-T, and what better way to stay cool than to splash around, take a dip in a local pool, or head to the beach! The Wichita area has some great lakes to explore with the family, and we have rounded up those with kid-friendly swimming beaches. 
 
Two things to consider if you are not from Kansas:
 
1. The lakes in Kansas are not clear, and this takes some getting used to if you are not from here. They are still safe and cool and so much fun!
 
2. Before you go, make sure to check the KDHE’s  algae advisories
 

Lakes with Swimming Beaches for Kids In and Around Wichita

Santa Fe Lake – 25 minutes from Wichita

– Amenities include: boating, fishing, two swimming beaches, camping, picnicking, biking, hiking, waterfall. 
– $10 day pass or $55 season pass 
– 11367 SW Shore Drive Augusta, KS 67010

Lake Afton – 30 minutes from Wichita

– Amenities include: 3 swimming areas, amenities include: boating, skiing, fishing, and camping. 
– $5 day permit.

– 24600 W. 39th St. S. Goddard, KS

Harvey County Lake – 35 minutes from Wichita

– Amenities include: camping, fishing, boating, two swimming lakes, playgrounds, trails, hiking, biking, horseback riding. 
– no fee for swimming only
East Lake

314 N East Lake Rd

Newton, KS 67114
West Lake
2733 West Park Rd.
Burrton, KS 67020

El Dorado – 45 minutes from Wichita

– Amenities include: hiking trails, camping, fishing, swimming, two beaches: Walnut River Beach and Bluestem Point. 
– $5 day permit. 
– 618 NE Bluestem Rd. El Dorado, KS

Cheney Lake (Reservoir) – 45 minutes from Wichita

– Amenities include: sailing, wind surfing, fishing, wildlife watching, swimming (stay close to the west shore lines). 
– $5 day pass
– 16000 N.E. 50TH ST., Cheney, KS 67025

Fall River – 1 hour and 17 minutes from Wichita

– Amenities include: beach in Quarry Bay, playgrounds, 6 hiking trails, camping, fishing. 
– 2381 Casner Creek Rd Fall River, KS 
 

Kanopolis – 1 hour and 50 minutes from Wichita

– Amenities include: hiking trails, swimming at South Shore and Langley Swimming Beach, fishing, camping, beautiful site-seeing, playgrounds, kids fishing pond. 
– 200 Horsethief Rd, Marquette, KS 67464
 

Elk City State Park – 2 hours from Wichita

– Amenities include: boating, a swim beach, camping, playgrounds, and hiking trails. The lake area offers picturesque views ranging from open prairie to wooded hills and limestone bluffs.
– 4825 Squaw Creek Rd, Independence, KS 67301
 

Wilson State Park – 2 hours from Wichita

– Considered to be “one of the most beautiful in the state of Kansas”
– Amenities include: trail, camping, boating, swimming beaches located at the Minooka Park Beach and Lucas Park Beach.
– No fees.
– 3 State Park Road, Sylvan Grove, KS 67481

Tuttle Creek State Park – 2 hours and 24 minutes from Wichita

– Amenities include: boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, cabins for rent. River Pond Area has swimming beach. 
– 5800 River Pond Rd A, Manhattan, KS 66502
 
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this list of beaches around Wichita! I will be visiting the area with my sons in a few weeks and I am glad to know it’s not all land-locked there. Now I have some choices to figure where we should go for a beach.

  2. Great article! Since Covid, many of these beaches and campgrounds have had wonderful renovations, cleaning, grooming and extra care! People are returning to the water for the first time in years! So glad the little ones will enjoy it like we did when we were kids!

  3. We love the 2 lakes at Council Grove plus the town is charming. From Wichita, it is only 1.5 hours away.

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