Together, the towns of Freetown and Lakeville cover 72 square miles. Only 14 percent of this area is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed, where the Acushnet River begins in Freetown. But a significant portion of these two towns is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed. These ponds were historically connected to Buzzards Bay by the Mattapoisett River, and today they provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Freetown and Lakeville border Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, and Rochester to the south and Middleborough to the west. As of the 2010 Census, Freetown was home to 8,870 residents and Lakeville was home to 10,602 residents.

Top Stories in Freetown & Lakeville

Taking the time to be mindful in nature can be good for our health

A mindfulness walk can be good for mind, body, and soul. Best of all, it's an activity that can be done at any park or reserve near your home.

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Saving land where the Westport River begins

More than 50 acres of woods and wetlands that border the massive Southeastern Massachusetts BioReserve and drain toward the East Branch of the Westport River will be permanently protected from development through a partnership between the City of Fall River and the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

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The 10 best things that happened for Buzzards Bay in 2020

This year, the Buzzards Bay Coalition made significant progress on every front—ongoing pollution cleanup, focused land protection, active restoration, and community engagement—thanks to our supporters and partners, and together we will accomplish even more in 2021.

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Upcoming Events Near Freetown & Lakeville

Birding at Great Neck
Sat, March 06
9:00AM
Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary,
Wareham
Basic Botany
Fri, March 12
2:00PM - 3:30PM
Marks Cove Conservation Area,
Wareham

Places To Go Near Freetown & Lakeville

Freetown & Lakeville

A significant portion of Freetown and Lakeville is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed, which provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Freetown & Lakeville

A significant portion of Freetown and Lakeville is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed, which provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Freetown & Lakeville

A significant portion of Freetown and Lakeville is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed, which provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

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: