Although Acushnet doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline directly, the entire town lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The Acushnet River flows through the town, which connects Acushnet to New Bedford Harbor and Buzzards Bay. Acushnet is 19 square miles in size, surrounded by the communities of New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Freetown. As of the 2010 Census, Acushnet was home to 10,303 residents.

Top Stories in Acushnet

Expansion of Acushnet Sawmill into New Bedford moves forward; City Council to vote on funding Dec. 13

Project would expand the Coalition’s popular riverfront park, the Acushnet Sawmill, into New Bedford with safer access, more parking, and new community gardens.

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Jack Spillane: Buzzards Bay Coalition builds its SouthCoast Emerald Necklace

Hamlin Crossing is the latest addition to the Acushnet River Reserve, which the coalition has been assembling for seven or eight years.

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Hamlin Crossing, Coalition’s newest public property, opens on Acushnet River for all to explore

Hamlin Crossing’s nine acres of wildflower fields, quiet woodlands, and river views are now open to the public as part of the Coalition’s growing Acushnet River Reserve.

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Upcoming Events in Acushnet

StoryWalk: Animals in Winter
Mon, December 10 -
Mon, January 07
The Sawmill,
Acushnet
Seal & Seabird Cruise to Cuttyhunk
Sat, December 22
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Cuttyhunk Ferry Company,
New Bedford

Places To Go in Acushnet

The Sawmill

At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

LaPalme Farm

With nearly 50 acres of meadows and forests on the Acushnet River, LaPalme Farm celebrates Acushnet’s pastoral charm.

New Bedford Reservoir

Known by locals as "Lake Street," the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a peaceful destination for fishing and paddling.

Current Issues

Restoring Streams & Wetlands

The Coalition is working to restore damaged streams and wetlands in places like the Acushnet River, the Weweantic River, and the Mattapoisett River to protect clean water and improve the health of the Bay ecosystem so fish, wildlife, and people can thrive.

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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: