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

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 Fairhaven

Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Mon, August 20
6:00PM - 7:00AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Sat, August 25
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Mon, August 27
6:00PM - 7:00AM
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: