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FWP acquires Flathead Lake property for new state park

 Somers Beach State Park map
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Somers Beach State Park map

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks acquired a roughly 100-acre property Wednesday near Somers on the north end of Flathead Lake. The property will eventually become a state park, a process FWP says could take months.

FWP acquired the property from a local family, which historically allowed the public to recreate on the land. The agency has put forth an interim plan to address public access, sanitation and safety issues at the site. Public comment on the plan will be accepted through Nov. 6.

The purchase follows FWP’s acquisition of a 15-acre fishing access site on Flathead Lake near Dayton last month. Both purchases are part of an effort to provide more access on Flathead Lake as its popularity soars.

Flathead Lake State Park was the third most visited state park statewide as of July. State park visitation statewide was up 11% over last year and nearly 45% over 2019.

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Aaron is Montana Public Radio's Flathead reporter.