By land area, Fairhaven is the smallest town on Buzzards Bay at just 12 square miles. The entire town lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed, with New Bedford to the west, Mattapoisett to the east, and Acushnet to the north. As of the 2010 Census, Fairhaven was home to 15,873 residents. Its shoreline stretches 29 miles along Buzzards Bay, New Bedford Harbor, and Nasketucket Bay.

Top Stories in Fairhaven

7 spooky Halloween walks to take in Southeastern Massachusetts

Because it’s fun to have a little bit of a scare around Halloween, visit one of these 7 spots around Southeastern Massachusetts for a great walk and a spooky story.

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11 places to explore in the Mattapoisett River Valley

From Snipatuit Pond to Mattapoisett Harbor, you can follow the course of the Mattapoisett River by taking a walk, paddle, boat trip, or picnic at these 11 places.

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Two treasured coastal farms on Buzzards Bay protected this summer

This summer, the Coalition permanently conserved two treasured coastal farms in Fairhaven and Dartmouth to protect clean water, preserve coastal habitats, and create new places for people like you to explore.

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Upcoming Events in Fairhaven

Winter Solstice Sunrise Stroll
Thu, December 21
6:30AM - 7:30AM
West Island State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Buzzards Bay Swim
Sat, June 30
6:00AM - 11:00AM
The Edge Seafood & Lounge,
New Bedford
Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, September 30
Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole,
Falmouth

Places To Go in Fairhaven

West Island Town Beach

Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Phoenix Bike Trail

The 4.5-mile paved Phoenix Bike Trail is a gateway to Fairhaven's coastal forests and salt marshes.

Hoppy’s Landing

Called a “fisherman’s paradise," Hoppy’s Landing on West Island in Fairhaven is your gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Current Issues

Nitrogen Pollution

Nitrogen pollution is the greatest long-term threat to the health of Buzzards Bay. We all contribute nitrogen pollution to our local waterways. Fortunately, we can all do our part to stop it.

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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: