SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. -

UPDATE: Visitor numbers are up at Cheney Lake. 32,000 people visited the lake over the three-day holiday weekend.

Park officials say that's up from last year. They say the high water levels helped the turnout.

So far this year, the park has had around 300,000 visitors total. Park officials say that's as many as they had all of 2013.
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Area lakes are already seeing an uptick in traffic for the long Labor Day Weekend.

Ryan Stucky with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism expects about 30,000 people to cycle through Cheney State Park throughout the holiday weekend. Stucky says it's an average crowd for the Labor Day holiday, but not the largest they've seen.

"It's not a big number," he said, "We've seen some 55,000 visitation weekends, those are usually memorial weekends. We haven't seen those type of crowds for the last several years due to the water levels and stuff like that. But this labor day I think we're looking at around 30,000."

Stucky said Cheney Lake is currently at conservation level and they hope that as more people realize the lake levels are back up, they'll visit the park more often.

High winds and a threat of storms on Saturday didn't stop all lake-goers from going out on the water either. One family visiting for the first time said they'll stay another night unless the weather gets really bad.

"It's our first time coming out as a family," said Kim Slover of Wichita. "We had a great time, camped out, had a fire, made s'mores, went fishing, they loved it."

According to Stucky, no boating accidents have been reported so far this weekend.