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

Who wants ice cream? 17 sweet Buzzards Bay trails and beaches to visit before summer ends

These 17 parks, beaches, and trails are a stone’s throw from some of the Buzzards Bay region's favorite ice cream shops.

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14 places around Buzzards Bay that we love

There’s a lot to explore — and love — around Buzzards Bay. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we asked land trusts from Westport to Falmouth to share their favorite places.

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Volunteers help the Coalition keep a watchful eye at The Sawmill

The opening of The Sawmill has also opened up a new volunteer opportunity with the Coalition: “adopting” one of our public reserves in Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham.

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Upcoming Events in Acushnet

Fall Foliage Photography Walk
Sat, October 22
3:00PM - 5:00PM
The Bogs,
Acushnet
Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 02
Little Compton, RI to Woods Hole, MA

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: