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

10 hikes over 5 miles to explore in southeastern Massachusetts this fall

If you think you need to travel far away to go for a long hike, think again! The Buzzards Bay region is home to many trails that stretch for miles.

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Widespread ‘rusty tide’ algae bloom appears in Buzzards Bay

For the first time since 2012, a nitrogen pollution-fueled algae bloom called “rusty tide” has appeared in several Buzzards Bay harbors and coves this August.

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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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Upcoming Events in Fairhaven

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 02
Little Compton, RI to Woods Hole, MA
New Bedford Harbor Bike Tour
Sat, October 29
11:00AM - 1:00PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford
Wednesday Walkabouts: Farm Series
Wed, November 02
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Viveiros Dairy Farm,
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: