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

Cleanup at former auto salvage yard will help advance renewal of the Acushnet River

This former auto salvage yard on the Acushnet River will play an important role in the larger cleanup of New Bedford Harbor, and will one day be transformed into a public park.

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River herring numbers are up in some Bay waterways – but there’s more work to do

Population counts of river herring were up in three of Buzzards Bay’s most important rivers — the Agawam, Acushnet, and Mattapoisett Rivers — during spring 2019. But rising numbers don’t mean that the work to protect river herring has ended.

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10 reasons why 2018 was another great year for Buzzards Bay

Although so much remains to be done to protect and restore the Bay’s health, I’m proud to share with you some of our greatest accomplishments from 2018.

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Upcoming Events in Acushnet

Buzzards Bay Swim
Sat, June 27
6:30AM - 10:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Five Mile Hike
Sun, November 24
10:00AM - 1:00PM
The Bogs,
Mattapoisett

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: