PO Box 177, Lakeside, MT 59922



The communities of Lakeside and Somers are nestled on the northwest shores of beautiful Flathead Lake and at the base of Blacktail Mountain. The two distinct towns are neighbors on the bay! Located 8 miles south of Kalispell, our communities are the destination spot for both locals and visitors alike.

All four seasons in the Lakeside and Somers offer something for everything; from skiing the slopes of Blacktail Mountain to sailing or kayaking the majestic Flathead Lake. While visiting our area, please stop by our chamber office located in the West Shore Community Library, 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 welcome as your visit or Flathead Valley. You may also decide you love it so much you decide to make it 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.


David Fetveit President (406) 844-6050
Lance Fahrney Vice President (406) 871-8168
Erin Duval Secretary (406) 844-3715
Lori Giardina Treasurer (406) 755-5911
Ashley Jennings Board Member (406) 844-0908
Andra Townsley Board Member (406) 844-0244
Bobbi Betts Board Member (406) 758-4805
Joli Johnson Board Member (406) 249-1153