Together, the towns of Freetown and Lakeville cover 72 square miles. Only 14 percent of this area is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed, where the Acushnet River begins in Freetown. But a significant portion of these two towns is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed. These ponds were historically connected to Buzzards Bay by the Mattapoisett River, and today they provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Freetown and Lakeville border Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, and Rochester to the south and Middleborough to the west. As of the 2010 Census, Freetown was home to 8,870 residents and Lakeville was home to 10,602 residents.

Top Stories in Freetown & Lakeville

These 2 seasoned pool swimmers tried open water swimming for the first time at the Buzzards Bay Swim – and loved it

As competitive swimmers Alex Gallant and Nicholas Graca prepare for their respective 6th and 3rd year swimming, they reflect on why they first tried the Buzzards Bay Swim and what makes them keep coming back.

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25 ADA-accessible outdoor places around Buzzards Bay

There’s still a lot of progress to be made to improve the region’s outdoor places so everybody can discover Buzzards Bay, regardless of their physical ability.

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How to explore the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve

The Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve has something for everyone to enjoy, but its large size and relatively remote location can be a bit daunting. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you discover this wonderfully wild place.

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Upcoming Events Near Freetown & Lakeville

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 01
Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole,
Falmouth
Yoga at the Fort
Mon, July 24
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford

Places To Go Near Freetown & Lakeville

Freetown & Lakeville

A significant portion of Freetown and Lakeville is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed, which provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Freetown & Lakeville

A significant portion of Freetown and Lakeville is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed, which provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Freetown & Lakeville

A significant portion of Freetown and Lakeville is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed, which provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Current Issues

Land Conservation

Conserving land is one of the most important ways to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. Since 1998, the Coalition has forever preserved more than 7,000 acres of land across our region.

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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: