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

13 spots to go trail running around southeastern Massachusetts

Combine the benefits of running with the pleasure of connecting with the great outdoors on one of these 13 trails around the region.

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How a New Bedford native learned to love open water swimming through the Buzzards Bay Swim

For his 10th Buzzards Bay Swim and the Swim's 25th anniversary, swimmer Ben Ostiguy has set himself a new challenge: to double his fundraising donations.

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PCBs removed from Marsh Island shoreline as part of New Bedford Harbor cleanup

As part of its decades-long New Bedford Harbor PCB cleanup, the EPA has removed contamination from the shoreline of Marsh Island in Fairhaven – a Coalition-owned property that is planned to become an outdoor waterfront destination for local residents to explore.

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Upcoming Events in Fairhaven

Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Sat, June 23
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Yoga at Fort Phoenix
Mon, June 25
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: