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

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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Shifting gears: triathlete, mom, and Bay supporter explains why she bikes for clean water

After recovering from a severe accident, this year's Ride means more to Tanya Roy than just getting back on her bike.

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11 places to go summer bird watching around the Bay

Whether you're an expert birder or don't know a finch from a flycatcher, the region's abundant bird populations make it easy to spot species on the wing.

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Upcoming Events in Acushnet

Saturday at the Sawmill: Birds
Sat, September 08
11:00AM - 1:00PM
The Sawmill,
Acushnet
Yoga at Fort Taber
Tue, August 21
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford
Yoga at Fort Taber
Thu, August 23
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: