By land area, Fairhaven is the smallest town on Buzzards Bay at just 12 square miles. The entire town lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed, with New Bedford to the west, Mattapoisett to the east, and Acushnet to the north. As of the 2010 Census, Fairhaven was home to 15,873 residents. Its shoreline stretches 29 miles along Buzzards Bay, New Bedford Harbor, and Nasketucket Bay.

Top Stories in Fairhaven

Despite weather conditions, over 350 swimmers raise $130,000 at 24th annual Buzzards Bay Swim

For only the second time in its 24-year history, the Buzzards Bay Swim was cancelled on Saturday due to unsafe weather conditions.

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These 2 seasoned pool swimmers tried open water swimming for the first time at the Buzzards Bay Swim – and loved it

As competitive swimmers Alex Gallant and Nicholas Graca prepare for their respective 6th and 3rd year swimming, they reflect on why they first tried the Buzzards Bay Swim and what makes them keep coming back.

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25 ADA-accessible outdoor places around Buzzards Bay

There’s still a lot of progress to be made to improve the region’s outdoor places so everybody can discover Buzzards Bay, regardless of their physical ability.

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Upcoming Events in Fairhaven

Buzzards Bay Casual Ride
Wed, July 26
6:00PM
Moby Dick Brewing Co.,
New Bedford
Rise and Shine Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Sat, July 29
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Rise and Shine Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Sat, August 05
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven

Places To Go in Fairhaven

West Island Town Beach

Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Phoenix Bike Trail

The 4.5-mile paved Phoenix Bike Trail is a gateway to Fairhaven's coastal forests and salt marshes.

Hoppy’s Landing

Called a “fisherman’s paradise," Hoppy’s Landing on West Island in Fairhaven is your gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Current Issues

Nitrogen Pollution

Nitrogen pollution is the greatest long-term threat to the health of Buzzards Bay. We all contribute nitrogen pollution to our local waterways. Fortunately, we can all do our part to stop it.

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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: