Palouse Area

Harvard, Idaho

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In Idaho, Latah County is best known as the home of the University of Idaho, the state’s premier educational institution; the city of Moscow is an attractive university town (and located just 8 miles away from another much like it across the Washington border: Pullman, home of Washington State University). But Moscow and the Palouse rolling grain country around it are some distance from the area’s public campgrounds. Those are located off to the north and east, where the university has little obvious influence and where timber communities—Potlatch, Harvard, Troy, Bovill, Helmer, Deary—are the small centers of population. The land here is hilly, mountainous in places, and thickly forested. Three of the campgrounds in this area are national forest campgrounds. Mention should be made of a probable fourth planned for availability to campers by 2004, near the city of Elk River. Extensive fossil beds are located there, and this campground may become a center for fossil hunters. The Oviatt Creek Fossil Beds (southwest of Elk River) already are a destination site for amateur paleontologists, who are allowed to search for and keep (a limited number of) fossils. Some of the best-preserved plant fossils in the world can be found here. The fourth existing public campground area here, McCroskey State Park, is a special case, an unusual state park with a peculiar history.
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by Randy Stapilus (Falcon Guides)

In Idaho, Latah County is best known as the home of the University of Idaho, the state’s premier educational institution; the city of Moscow is an attractive university town (and located just 8 miles away from another much like it across the Washington border: Pullman, home of Washington State University). But Moscow and the Palouse rolling grain country around it are some distance from the area’s public campgrounds. Those are located off to the north and east, where the university has little obvious influence and where timber communities—Potlatch, Harvard, Troy, Bovill, Helmer, Deary—are the small centers of population. The land here is hilly, mountainous in places, and thickly forested.

Three of the campgrounds in this area are national forest campgrounds. Mention should be made of a probable fourth planned for availability to campers by 2004, near the city of Elk River. Extensive fossil beds are located there, and this campground may become a center for fossil hunters. The Oviatt Creek Fossil Beds (southwest of Elk River) already are a destination site for amateur paleontologists, who are allowed to search for and keep (a limited number of) fossils. Some of the best-preserved plant fossils in the world can be found here. The fourth existing public campground area here, McCroskey State Park, is a special case, an unusual state park with a peculiar history.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Harvard
Campsites: 4 separate campgrounds
Season & Limits: Spring through fall
Additional Use: Swimming
Local Contacts: Idaho Panhandles National Forests, St. Joe National Forests
Topo Map: Palouse Area Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Idaho Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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