Flathead Lake West

Somers sits at the north end of Flathead Lake about 8 miles south of Kalispell. Somers began as a “company town” of the Great Northern Railway. Today, visitors can enjoy excellent restaurants, studios and galleries, and historic sites in this town of 556. The town has beautiful lake views and ospreys can be sighted nearby along the north shore of the lake during the summer months. A swimming beach, a boat launch and a yacht club surround Somers Bay and offer access to water sports and lake adventures.

South of Somers is Lakeside, which sits along the northwest shore of Flathead Lake and at the base of Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, which provides great downhill skiing as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the surrounding forest land. The town of Lakeside has several small shops, as well as bakeries, cafes, and restaurants.

Continuing south, down the west shore of the lake, you will reach Dayton, where consistent winds make a perfect location for sailing. Dayton Yacht Harbor serves both new and experienced sailors by providing summer slips, sailboat sales and rentals, workshops, and winter dry storage. Dayton is also a perfect spot to embark for a trip to Wild Horse Island, a 2,200 acre primitive state park that is home to bald eagles, osprey, big horn sheep, deer and wild horses. http://www.lakesidesomers.org/