Although Rochester doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline, more than 90% of the town’s land area lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The Mattapoisett River and the Sippican River flow through Rochester, which connect the town to Buzzards Bay. Rochester is 36 square miles in size, surrounded by the communities of Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleborough, and Freetown and Lakeville. As of the 2010 Census, Rochester was home to 5,232 residents.

Top Stories in Rochester

Who wants ice cream? 17 sweet Buzzards Bay trails and beaches to visit before summer ends

These 17 parks, beaches, and trails are a stone’s throw from some of the Buzzards Bay region's favorite ice cream shops.

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10 reasons to bike in the 10th anniversary Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Oct. 2

From scenic new routes to a fun waterfront finish line party, here’s 10 reasons why you don’t want to miss the 10th anniversary of southeastern New England’s best charity bike ride.

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Why two sisters swim for Buzzards Bay

In a field of 250 swimmers at the 2015 Buzzards Bay Swim, sisters Rachel Ashley and Rebekah Ashley Rubin crossed the finish line in 73rd and 74th place, respectively. But this is the moment they remember.

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Upcoming Events Near Rochester

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 02
Little Compton, RI to Woods Hole, MA
Mindfulness Walk
Sun, October 23
1:00PM - 2:00PM
East Over Reservation,
Rochester
Wednesday Walkabouts: Farm Series
Wed, November 16
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Old Haskell Farm,
Rochester

Places To Go in Rochester

East Over Reservation

With fields, stone walls, and golden yellow barns, East Over Reservation is a reminder of Rochester’s rural character.

Shoolman Preserve

This farm and forest along the Mattapoisett River in Rochester was preserved for birds — and explorers like you!

Rochester

Although Rochester doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline, more than 90% of the town’s land area lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

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: