Check out our list of daily activities around Lakeside and Somers that shouldn’t be missed!

Not to be Missed


Parks

Ben Williams Park Accessed from Soren Lane off Blacktail Road in Lakeside. Facilities include playground equipment, picnic shelter, 2 tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and restrooms. Lakeside Waterfront Park On Flathead Lake just north of the intersection of Bierney Creek Road and US 93 on Lakeside Blvd. in Lakeside. Swimming area with dock, lawn beach and restroom. Day use only, no lifeguard, no boats – limited parking. Lakeside Volunteer Park Located on Flathead Lake off of Hwy 93 at the end of Adams Street. 1.5 acres with facilities including paths, restrooms, 1 large and 2 smaller pavilions, beach, and docks, all ADA accessible. Day camping only no overnight camping. Paved parking area. Somers Swimming Access – Somers Beach On Flathead Lake just east of the Somers Fishing Access and boat ramp on US 93 in Somers. Swimming area with gravel beach, day use only, no lifeguard, no restrooms (restrooms at fishing access and boat ramp), and no motorized boats – adequate parking. West Shore State Park On Flathead Lake 5 miles south of Lakeside on US 93. Camping, picnic area, boat ramp. More information available at www.fwp.mt.gov/lands/site_280091.aspx Additional Flathead Valley area Park information: http://www.kalispell.com/parks/  

Boating

Somers Fishing Access On Flathead Lake off US 93 across from Boon Road in Somers. Two wide boat ramps, dock, restrooms, and good parking. Lakeside Public Dock and Access – North On Flathead Lake off US 93 across from Bierney Creek Road in Lakeside. Boat ramp with dock, no restrooms, very limited parking. Lakeside Marina Boat slip lease options available. West Shore State Park On Flathead Lake 5 miles south of Lakeside on US 93. Camping, picnic area, boat ramp. More boating information listed under Recreation in our Chamber Member Directory on boat rentals, cruises, and fishing charters.

 


Hiking

US Forest Service trails off Blacktail Road (west of Lakeside) Many opportunities for hiking exist on Forest Service logging roads and in open areas, limited parking along Blacktail Road. US Forest Service maps and information is available at Sliters Ace Hardware in Lakeside and at the Forest Service office and retail locations in Kalispell. Foys to Blacktail Trail The trail runs, downhill, from the top of Blacktail Mountain to Herron Park near Foys Lake. See www.foystoblacktailtrails.org for more information. Additional hiking related trails and information: http://www.nps.gov/archive/glac/maps.htm http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/flathead/fishing_site/fishing/lakes/jewel_basin.htm http://www.fws.gov/bentonlake/Lost_Trail_NWR.html http://fwp.mt.gov/lands/site_280065.aspx http://www.recreation.gov  

Bicycling

Road Bicycling Paved bike paths and connecting low traffic paved roads extend for 7 miles from North Juniper Bay Road (near the Fish Hatchery), at the south end, to the Ashley Creek bridge on US 93, at the north end. A small parking area next to Tiebucker’s in Somers is located about midway on the bike path. More road bicycling opportunities on paved low traffic roads can be found in the Lower Valley area by riding northeast from Somers on Somers Road. Mountain Bicycling – Flathead National Forest Many old logging roads and US Forest Service Roads crisscross the Flathead National Forest west of Lakeside and Somers and make great mountain biking terrain. Access can be found by taking Spring Creek Road to Cramer Creek Road west of the Fish Hatchery or off Blacktail Road west of Lakeside. US Forest Service maps and information is available at Sliters Ace Hardware in Lakeside and at the Forest Service office and retail locations in Kalispell. Click here for the Montana State Bike Map  

Library

West Shore Community Library 100 Bierney Creek Road, 406-844-3917. Book lending, reading and study area, computers for Internet access, and community information.  

Winter Attractions

Snow Skiing – Lift Served Blacktail Mountain Ski Area At the end of Blacktail Road, 14 miles west of Lakeside. Lift served skiing, ski and snowboard rentals, lessons, restaurant and bar. The lodge at the top of the mountain is located adjacent to the parking area and has facilities for both skiers and non-skiers to enjoy. More information at www.blacktailmountain.com. Snow Skiing – Cross-Country Blacktail Cross-Country Ski Trails US Forest Service trails off Blacktail Road about 8 miles west of Lakeside. Groomed trails for classic and skate skiing, no restrooms, limited parking. Trails are groomed and maintained by the North Shore Nordic Club. There is no charge for skiing; however, donations are needed and appreciated go to www.northshorenordic.com for more information. Trail map at www.blacktailmountain.com. Snowshoeing Flathead National Forest US Forest Service trails and open areas off Blacktail Road west of Lakeside. Many opportunities for snowshoeing exist on Forest Service logging roads and in open areas, limited parking along Blacktail Road. Extensive parking is available at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. Snowmobiling Wild Bill Off Road Vehicle Trails US Forest Service trails off Blacktail Road 12 miles west of Lakeside. Winter parking is available at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. Snowmobiles are prohibited on the cross-country ski trails. For rental information contact Winter Wonderland Sports at www.winterwonderlandsports.com or call 844-2400. Off Road Vehicle Trails Wild Bill Off Road Vehicle Trails US Forest Service trails for motorized vehicles off Blacktail Road 12 miles west of Lakeside. Limited summer parking. Information available at www.montanabackroads.org.  

Cultural Attractions

Bigfork Summer Playhouse http://www.bigforksummerplayhouse.com/ Box Office (open May 15 – Aug 23) PO Box 456, Bigfork, MT 59911 406-837-4886 Order Online Tickets tickets@bigforksummerplayhouse.com Glacier Symphony & Chorale The Glacier Symphony and Chorale performs overs 30 concerts annually throughout Northwest Montana. P.O. Box 2491/720 South Main Street Kalispell, MT 59903 Phone 406-257-3241 Fax 406-257-5507 www.gscmusic.org Arts in Somers and Lakeside include: Trevon Baker Photography Studio and Gallery ARTrageous Lakeside Fine Art Gallery Please refer to our member directory for a complete list of dining experiences and options.