While kayaking Sunday afternoon on South Watuppa Pond, I noticed this large boulder with a distinct turtle shape. The turtle even seems to have an eye and a short stone row leading to shore.
Nearby is a pile of stacked rocks.
Further south along the west shore is another stone row. In the background is the beach at the East End Sportsmen's Club.
Similar stone rows are also visible in satellite imagery of North Watuppa Pond. Since this is the Fall River water supply, it is off limits for boating and hiking.
here. The third photo is definitely North Watuppa Pond, since Mount Trashmore (the BFI landfill) is visible in the distance. The fourth photo is the view to the south.
North Watuppa Pond is nearly surrounded by submerged stone rows, most of them parallel to the current shoreline. Some of these may have been formed by farmers clearing fields before the water level was raised in 1826. However, features such as effigies, propped boulders, and manitous incorporated into some of the walls in South Watuppa Pond suggest they were constructed by Indians. I have examined plenty of satellite imagery to find stone rows in other lakes in RI and MA, but these are the only distinct ones. The lighting conditions and water depth have to be favorable for a clear image. Also, many ponds and lakes are man-made, or have been raised by damming or deforestation since the time of the Indians, and would have no visible stone rows.