The communities of Lakeside and Somers are nestled on the northwest shores of beautiful Flathead Lake and Blacktail Mountain. The two distinct towns are neighbors on the bay! Located 8 miles south of Kalispell, our communities are the destination spot for locals as well as tourists.
All four seasons in Lakeside and Somers offer something for everyone, from skiing the slopes of Blacktail Mountain to sailing and boating majestic Flathead Lake. While visiting in our area, please stop by our chamber office located in the West Shore Community Library in Lakeside at 100 Bierney Creek Road for local information and travel guides.
We invite you to come and visit our friendly communities and experience a true Montana lifestyle. You are sure to receive a warm and friendly Montana welcome as you visit our Flathead Valley. You may also decide to make Montana home, and in that case, we know that your wish has come true!
Lakeside and Somers are neighboring communities that encompass 13 miles of lake frontage on Flathead lake, 100 miles north of Missoula, and minutes south of Kalispell, the valley’s regional business center. Prior to the 1900’s the town of Lakeside was called “Stoner,” after John Stoner, the first postmaster, who built and operated a hotel where the creek that still bears his name flows into Flathead Lake. The name was later changed to “Chautauqua,” then “Lacon,” and finally, in 1920 to “Lakeside.”
In the early years, Flathead Lake was an important part of the trade route from Missoula to Canada, and steamers made regular stops here with passengers and freight. Somers owes it’s existence to the Great Northern Railway. Railroad ties were needed for the extension of tracks throughout the west, and the ready supply of timber surrounding Flathead Lake made the north end of the lake an ideal mill site. From 1900 to 1949 the Somers Lumber Company produced thousands of ties. The first general store, built in 1900, and other historic buildings, are still in use by Sliters Lumber Company.