Lakeside and Somers are located south of Kalispell and right on Flathead Lake. Naturally, both towns are centered on the water with public boat docks and launches, picnic areas and swimming holes. In the summer, the North Bay Yacht Club in Somers sprinkles the lake with sailboats taking a leisurely sail or racing in an evening regatta. Lakeside has great community parks and restaurants that take advantage of the views across the lake to the Swan and Mission Mountains. Lakeside also thrives in winter with Blacktail Mountain Ski Area and Blacktail cross-country ski trails just 14 miles from town.
DAY-VENTURING IN LAKESIDE AND SOMERS
ACTIVITIES YOU’LL LOVE
Microbrew Me — Taste a range of delicious local beers at Tamarack Brewing Company’s Alehouse & Grill.
Sail Away — There’s no experience quite like slicing across the water with the “SNAP” of the sail ringing in your ears. Rent a sailboat, take a lesson or go for broke and talk your way into crewing in an evening regatta. Ahoy!
Horseshoes Lakeside — You’ll find several public parks along the water in Lakeside and Somers with swimming beaches, playgrounds, volleyball and our personal favorite, horseshoes. It’s a great way to while away a few hours under the Montana sun.
West Shore State Park — Just south of Lakeside is West Shore State Park with spectacular rock outcroppings looking out across the lake to the Swan and Mission Mountains. Considered the most private park on Flathead Lake with mature forest and a rocky beach open for swimming, boating and camping.
Ski Blacktail Resort — Expert and novice skiers and snowboards enjoy the family friendly atmosphere and incredible views at Blacktail Mountain Resort. They also enjoy the 250-plus inches of snow that falls each season.
Montana Dragon Boat Festival – The Montana Dragon Boat Festival is held at Volunteer Park located on Flathead Lake, the largest fresh-water lake in the West. The annual September event has welcomed over 7,000 paddlers since 2012, averaging 70 teams per year. Whether you are paddling on a team or watching from the shore, you’ll enjoy the colorful pageantry, friendly competition and incredible scenery of Flathead Lake as 46-foot-long Hong Kong-style boats with 20 paddlers, a steerer and a drummer race to the finish.
ROUTE YOU’LL TAKE
From Kalispell drive south on Highway 93, 8 miles to Somers then just a couple miles more to Lakeside. Drive time is about 15 minutes.