Welcome to Spencer Hill!

A bit of history…

Over 30 years ago Spencer Dorothy and his son, Rick, purchased a 4-acre hill of dirt as a borrow site for their excavating business. Never did they dream that the State of Nebraska would later dam up Sand Creek for

flood control and create beautiful Lake Wanahoo, a 662-acre lake, only 600 feet from their property! We hope that developing this land and sharing it with you is something that honors Spencer’s life. Spencer

passed away on November 23, 1997, one year before the concept of Lake Wanahoo was born.

Owners, Rick & Linda Dorothy


The first of 3 planned cabins was completed in late 2012 and offers the coziness of a cabin with the roominess of a lodge.  This luxury cabin overlooks Lake Wanahoo and is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Omaha or Lincoln and footsteps away the lake. This splendid retreat is ideal for couples, families, business or social gatherings or anyone wanting to get away from the hectic pace of life.


The cabin features a 2400 sq. ft. open floor plan decorated with modern/rustic furnishings, knotty pine cathedral ceilings, antique barn wood flooring and granite countertops. The 3 bedrooms/3 baths are privately positioned on each of the 3 levels of the building and are appointed with luxury linens. The 4+ acre property is 600 ft. from Lake Wanahoo which offers biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing and is a bird watcher's paradise!


Guests will have full access to the cabin which includes a fully equipped kitchen, a great room with amazing views of the lake and a gas fireplace, a master bedroom with a queen size log bed and adjoining deck with a stainless steel gas grill. The cozy loft with knotty pine ceilings has a king-size bed, a full bath, 2 built-in bunks and a deck to enjoy your morning coffee. The lower level has more large windows with views of the lake, a bedroom with 2 full sets of single bunk beds, a full size bath and a family room equipped with HDTV, a DVD player and DIRECTV.  There is a queen sofa sleeper in the family room for extra guests. The walkout is to a patio with seating for 6 equipped with a charcoal grill.  An IPOD docking station is connected to the Bluetooth-enabled stereo for those who wish to bring their own music.


The cabin is situated on 4.5 beautifully landscaped acres with complete privacy. Many large windows offer awesome views of Lake Wanahoo. The only noise is that of Mother Nature and an occasional crowing rooster.


The quiet town of Wahoo is located 1 mile south and offers many conveniences from fast food to restaurants, banks, a bakery and two grocery stores. The town also has an 18-hole golf course, a wonderful large city park and swimming pool and is the site of the Saunders County Fair.  There are a number of antique stores and boutique shops within a 10 minute drive.



Spencer Hill offers a beautiful lake view setting for special events of 50 people or less.  The property has a large landscaped area perfect for outdoor weddings, reunions, and corporate gatherings.  An outdoor tent (additional fee) is required for these occasions.



Spencer Hill is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Omaha or Lincoln and footsteps away from beautiful Lake Wanahoo.  The address is 1640 County Road 17, Wahoo, Nebraska 68066.


Driving directions from Omaha:

Take Hwy. 92 west past Yutan and Mead and turn left at the Hwy. 77/92 intersection (Wahoo airport is on your right).  As you drive into the town of Wahoo you will turn right on Chestnut Street (Caseys General Store will be on your right).  We are 1.6 miles north of this intersection, located on the right side of County Road 17. 

Driving directions from Lincoln:

Take I-80 east to Hwy. 77 exit. Turn north and go approximately 21 miles and turn right onto Hwy. 77/Hwy. 92/County Road K. Go approx. 1/2 mile and turn left onto Chestnut (Zestos is on your right). Drive approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Chestnut Street (Casey's General store). Chestnut Street becomes County Road 17. Follow this approximately 1.2 miles to Spencer Hill, which will be over the hill on the right.


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Things to do

• Relaxing in a quiet country setting with only the sounds of birds chirping or an occasional rooster crowing to wake you from your thoughts.

• Watching the majestic nature of a bald eagle soaring from it’s nearby nest at Lake Wanahoo or the wonder of the geese as they migrate in the spring and fall.

• Enjoying a campfire in the evening, fully equipped with a star-studded sky.

• Waking up to heavenly mornings watching the sun rise and glisten off the lake as Mother Nature starts her day.

• Fishing Lake Wanahoo only a few steps away. The lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, blue catfish, walleye and northern pike. A Nebraska fishing license is required.

• Hiking or biking the 4-mile path around Lake Wanahoo.

• Kayaking or canoeing around the lake. If you don’t have your own boat, you can rent one in Omaha or Lincoln at the University of Nebraska.

• Having a pow wow with the little Indians in your group in the tepee, which sleeps 4.

• For children looking to splash water in the summer sun, the nearby town of Wahoo offers a wonderful swimming pool and park with a nice variety of playground equipment.

• Golfing is available at Wahoo’s Hillside Country Club, an 18-hole course minutes away.


The cabin is available at $375 per night with a limit of 12 people (sleeping capacity of 10-12).



•  We require a 2 night minimum stay during low season and a 3 night minimum during high season.


•  Check-out time is 12:00 noon with check-in available by 3:00 pm.   Other times are available upon special request. 


•  Taxes and cleaning fees are not included. 


•  Special holiday rates apply. 


Contact information

Rick & Linda Dorothy

Phone: (402) 880-8318

Email: Linda @spencerhillcabins.com



*North Exterior (Windows Overlook Lake Wanahoo)

Lower Level Family Room with DirecTV

Master Bedroom

Geese Migrating at Sunrise

View of the Landscape

Sunrise from Great Room

Great Room

Kitchen  with Antique Barn Wood Floors

& Knotty Pine Ceiling

Chicory Blooming in the Early Morning

West Exterior

Loft Bedroom with King Bed

Teepee (Sleeps 4 - 6)


Smaller of Two Bunks in Loft