Although Rochester doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline, more than 90% of the town’s land area lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The Mattapoisett River and the Sippican River flow through Rochester, which connect the town to Buzzards Bay. Rochester is 36 square miles in size, surrounded by the communities of Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleborough, and Freetown and Lakeville. As of the 2010 Census, Rochester was home to 5,232 residents.

Top Stories in Rochester

13 scenic cranberry bog walks in the Buzzards Bay region

Nothing says fall in the Buzzards Bay region like the red of a cranberry bog, whether bright scarlet with berries or rusty with changing leaves. Check out one of these 13 spots and enjoy the view!

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Record 242 cyclists raise over $162K for clean water at 12th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride

A record 242 cyclists pedaled across Southeastern New England on Sunday during the largest-ever Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, raising $162,500 and counting to support the Coalition’s work.

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17 picturesque places to picnic around Buzzards Bay

A picnic in nature is a great way to spend time outdoors with the ones you love.

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Upcoming Events Near Rochester

Winter Kayak Adventure: Apponagansett Bay
Sat, December 15
2:00PM - 3:30PM
Apponagansett Park,
Dartmouth
Total Lunar Eclipse at The Bogs
Sun, January 20
11:30PM - 12:30AM
The Bogs,
Mattapoisett
Hike West Falmouth/Quaker Woods
Cancelled
Thu, December 13
9:45AM - 12:15PM
Shining Sea Bikeway - West Falmouth Parking Lot,
Falmouth

Places To Go in Rochester

East Over Reservation

With fields, stone walls, and golden yellow barns, East Over Reservation is a reminder of Rochester’s rural character.

Shoolman Preserve

This farm and forest along the Mattapoisett River in Rochester was preserved for birds — and explorers like you!

Rochester

Although Rochester doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline, more than 90% of the town’s land area lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

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: