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

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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How to take your kids freshwater fishing around Buzzards Bay

The many habitats around Buzzards Bay are perfect for getting your kids hooked on safe, responsible, and fun fresh water angling.

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Upcoming Events Near Rochester

Nasketucket Bird Club Walk
Sat, October 27
7:30AM - 10:30AM
Mattapoisett Park & Ride,
Mattapoisett
Nasketucket Bird Club Walk
Sun, November 04
8:00AM - 11:00AM
Mattapoisett Park & Ride,
Mattapoisett
Itty Bitty Bay Explorers: Birds
Wed, October 24
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Marks Cove,
Wareham

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: