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

Coalition celebrates 30 years of Bay protection, restoration at Annual Meeting in Acushnet

At its 30th Annual Meeting on May 19, the Coalition celebrated another exceptional year of accomplishments and honored three Buzzards Bay Guardians who have given outstanding service to the Bay’s cleanup, restoration, and protection.

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10 Buzzards Bay herring runs to visit this spring

With spring comes the sound of songbirds, the sight of colorful flowers, the feeling of warm sunshine – and migratory river herring returning to Buzzards Bay’s waters. Catch a glimpse of river herring at one of these 10 herring runs around the region.

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River otter sighting at Sawmill in Acushnet shows the power of urban habitat restoration

Last month, a local photographer captured an exciting sight at The Sawmill: the first recorded river otter in this portion of the Acushnet River since the Coalition restored and opened the property as a public park in 2015.

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Upcoming Events in Acushnet

Keating Woods Trail Day
Wed, June 20
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Acushnet Council on Aging (rear parking area),
Acushnet
Foraging Walk
Tue, July 10
6:00PM - 8:00PM
The Sawmill,
Acushnet
Yoga at Fort Taber
Tue, June 19
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
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: