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

How to protect your land forever with a conservation restriction

Land conservation doesn’t always mean purchasing a property outright. In fact, most of the land that the Coalition conserves is protected using a tool called a conservation restriction.

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150 bike for clean water at 10th anniversary Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride

150 cyclists pedaled across Southeastern New England on Sunday, Oct. 2 during the 10th anniversary Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride. The event raised more than $120,000 to support the Coalition’s work.

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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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Upcoming Events in Fairhaven

Winter Solstice Sunrise Stroll
Sun, December 18
6:30AM - 7:30AM
West Island State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Buzzards Bay Swim
Sat, June 24
6:00AM - 11:00AM
The Edge Seafood & Lounge,
New Bedford
Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 01
Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole,
Falmouth

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: