Quemado Lake Recreation Area, the 800-acre lake is located approximately 20 miles south of Quemado. The recreation area includes the 131 acre manmade trout lake with two ADA fishing piers, two boat ramps, seven developed campgrounds, one primitive campground, and links to more than seven miles of hiking trails. The lake is nestled between piñon-juniper woodlands and pine forests at an elevation of 7860 feet. Quemado is stocked all with rainbow trout in fall, winter and spring months. The lake offers year round trout fishing and warm water fishing for channel catfish and small mouth bass during the summer months. Other lakes in the Gila National Forest are Snow Lake and Lake Roberts.
Campgrounds at Quemado Lake are available year around and are privately run. Juniper Campground opens from May to October offers 18 RV spaces with water and electrical hookups( $15/day ) and 18 single-family sites ($$). Pinon Campground opens May to October offers 23 single-family sites ($$). Reservations are taken for 2 group sites at Pinon for $35/day for a 30-person site or $55/day for a 75-person site. Juniper and Pinon are open from May 1 to September 30. Free primitive camping with vault toilets is available in the Cove and El Caso Campgrounds. Boat use is restricted to oars or electric motors. No Potable Water. Potable water can be obtained in the Cove Campground from May - September. Fishing report- http://www.anglerguide.com/newmexico/index.cfm?TR_ID=316
Quemado Lake Overlook Trail: The trail leads through stands of ponderosa pines. The trail dead-ends at a rock outcrop overlooking the lake. A bench along the trail is available for resting and lake viewing. From the overlook, panoramic views of El Caso Peak, Castle Rock, and Quemado Lake provide excellent photographic opportunities. The trail connects to two additional trails that access El Caso Lookout and Sawmill Canyon for extended hiking. Many birds inhabit the area.
From Albuquerque, go west on I-40 to exit 89. Then travel south on 117 to Quemado. Travel west on Hwy 60 for 0.5 mile. Turn south on Hwy 32 and travel 16 miles to Hwy 103.