Laird Park Campground, located in the northwest Idaho town of Potlatch and named in memory of A.W. Laird, a lumberman and early leader in the Potlatch Lumber Co., is a fantastic location to bring your family, friends or maybe even your boy or girl scout troupe for some outdoor fun and swimming. The recreation area has a sandy beach (a result of a swimming beach dam built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933), 2 group picnic areas as well a half-mile interpretive trail. Fishing is a popular passtime here too, with abundant opportunities for rainbow and brown trout from the Palouse River.
Only reason for 4 stars is not being able to reserve a spot. Very quiet, cozy location. Stayed here twice; both times was an overnight stay while waiting to pick my Scouts up from summer camp. The sites are very spacious and vault restrooms are located all through the grounds. I’ve never made it to swim; however, the area is quite large.
There are two loops at Laird Park campground, which I found to be very different. If you head left to the East loop, there are some nice, shaded and wooded spots. Some sites seemed to have almost no space to pitch a tent, however. But there are some fine spots at that loop, particularly at the beginning. If you head right to the west loop, the spots are much more exposed, close together, and sunny. But both loops have plenty of parking areas and picnic areas, with water and a playground at the end of the west loop.