Although Acushnet doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline directly, the entire town lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The Acushnet River flows through the town, which connects Acushnet to New Bedford Harbor and Buzzards Bay. Acushnet is 19 square miles in size, surrounded by the communities of New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Freetown. As of the 2010 Census, Acushnet was home to 10,303 residents.

Top Stories in Acushnet

17 picturesque places to picnic around Buzzards Bay

A picnic in nature is a great way to spend time outdoors with the ones you love.

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How to take your kids freshwater fishing around Buzzards Bay

The many habitats around Buzzards Bay are perfect for getting your kids hooked on safe, responsible, and fun fresh water angling.

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Explore & protect Buzzards Bay with Cape Clasp and the Clean Coast Challenge

Participate in the Clean Coast Challenge by visiting new sites around Buzzards Bay and leaving them cleaner than you found them!

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Upcoming Events in Acushnet

Mountainfilm on Tour New Bedford
Sat, November 03
3:30PM - 9:00PM
New Bedford Whaling Museum,
New Bedford

Places To Go in Acushnet

The Sawmill

At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

LaPalme Farm

With nearly 50 acres of meadows and forests on the Acushnet River, LaPalme Farm celebrates Acushnet’s pastoral charm.

New Bedford Reservoir

Known by locals as "Lake Street," the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a peaceful destination for fishing and paddling.

Current Issues

Restoring Streams & Wetlands

The Coalition is working to restore damaged streams and wetlands in places like the Acushnet River, the Weweantic River, and the Mattapoisett River to protect clean water and improve the health of the Bay ecosystem so fish, wildlife, and people can thrive.

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Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: