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

14 places to learn how to sail on Buzzards Bay this summer

If you’ve ever watched sailboats breeze by in summer and wondered how you or your kids could learn how to sail, then you’re in luck. These 14 locations offer group and private sailing lessons that will help you get out on the water in no time!

Full Story ›
Celebrating 25 years of the Buzzards Bay Swim: Help secure $200,000 for clean water through the Fish Family Foundation Challenge

With your help, this year the 25th anniversary Buzzards Bay Swim will raise more than $200,000 through a generous matching challenge grant from the Fish Family Foundation.

Full Story ›
How (and where) to go geocaching around Buzzards Bay

Looking for a new way to get outside and explore Buzzards Bay’s special places? Try geocaching: a modern-day version of treasure hunting.

Full Story ›

Upcoming Events in 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.

Read More ›

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: