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

Summer 2019 water quality declined slightly throughout Buzzards Bay

Water quality conditions measured in Buzzards Bay during the summer of 2019 offer a stark reminder about the impact of land development, outdated infrastructure, and climate change on the health of the Bay.

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Six stunning cycling routes on quiet country roads

Buzzards Bay is a bicyclist’s dream. From Little Compton, R.I., to Falmouth, MA, cyclists will find plenty of routes to excite the senses—views of verdant farms and quaint villages, the tang of salt air along coastal beaches and salt marshes,  and the deep quiet of peaceful woodlands and backroads.

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13 great places to explore while social distancing

You need more than six feet of space between people to follow today’s social distancing guidelines from public health authorities. Lucky for us, we’ve got acres of fresh air, peaceful wooded trails, spirit-restoring beaches, and bracing breezes in abundance here around Buzzards Bay.

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Upcoming Events Near Freetown & Lakeville

Paddlers’ Guide to Safety
Thu, December 03
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Onset Bay Center,
Wareham
Wading for Wednesday
Wed, December 02
2:00PM
Shell Point Beach,
Wareham
New Bedford Casual Bakery Bike Tour
Sat, December 05
9:30AM
Buzzards Bay Coalition HQ,
New Bedford

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: