The town of Dartmouth covers 62 square miles, which makes it the largest town by land area on Buzzards Bay. The entire town is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed, with Westport to the west, New Bedford to the east, and Freetown to the north. As of the 2010 Census, Dartmouth was home to 34,032 residents. Its shoreline stretches 47 miles along Buzzards Bay, Clarks Cove, and three large estuaries: the Slocums River, the Little River, and Apponagansett Bay.

Top Stories in Dartmouth

Coalition celebrated with national award for coastal stewardship

The national Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) recently awarded the Buzzards Bay Coalition its 2021 Coastal Stewardship Award for the breadth and depth of its programs to protect and preserve Buzzards Bay.

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Five good reasons to weigh anchor and experience the joy of sailing

Buzzards Bay happens to be one of the best places for sailing in North America, and that's just one reason to try it.

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Fifty swimmers dove into New Bedford Harbor and raised more than $122,000 for clean water

Fifty swimmers dove into outer New Bedford Harbor early Saturday morning to celebrate clean and healthy water in Buzzards Bay during a special post-pandemic version of the annual Buzzards Bay Swim.

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Upcoming Events in Dartmouth

Night Heron Kayak Drawing
Tue, June 01 -
Sun, September 19
Buzzards Bay Coalition,
New Bedford
Summer Story Walks
Fri, July 30 -
Wed, August 18
Horseshoe Mill,
Wareham
Adult & Family Learn to Sail Program
Mon, August 02 -
Fri, August 06
Onset Bay Center,
Wareham

Places To Go in Dartmouth

Cornell Farm

The idyllic pastures and sweeping salt marsh views at Cornell Farm in Dartmouth will captivate nature lovers of every age.

Destruction Brook Woods

Don’t let its name fool you: Destruction Brook Woods in Dartmouth is packed with unparalleled beauty.

Demarest Lloyd State Park

Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth is a true gem for beachgoers, explorers, and Buzzards Bay lovers of all ages.

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: