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Jones Beach

Located on the western shore of Clarks Cove in Dartmouth, sandy Jones Beach is a family-friendly destination for outdoor summer recreation. Local residents can enjoy the calm waters of Clarks Cove and the fresh air off Buzzards Bay at this town-owned beach and park.

Cranberry Bogs

Kirby Gilmore has been growing cranberries his whole life. For the past 35 years, he’s farmed 50 acres of bogs in Carver and South Middleborough, near streams that flow to two of Buzzards Bay’s largest rivers: the Weweantic and the Wareham. His bogs provide the ripe red cranberries that grace our Thanksgiving tables – and now, these same bogs are providing valuable science that will help Buzzards Bay’s cranberry industry protect clean water.

Cranberry bogs like Gilmore’s are an important part of our landscape and heritage in southeastern Massachusetts. But with so many bogs in the Buzzards Bay region, cranberry agriculture can be source of nitrogen pollution to our waterways. The Coalition is now partnering with growers to develop new research on cranberry bogs to help solve this piece of the Bay’s nitrogen pollution puzzle.

Roger Pepin has spent years watching the herring run up the Acushnet River each spring. He grew up along the river, and he remembers the schools of herring that used to swim upstream by the thousands – so many fish that he couldn’t see the bottom of the river.

The Acushnet River is one of countless places around Buzzards Bay where healthy streams and wetlands have been lost. As a result, the river’s once-vibrant fish populations have dwindled. The Coalition is working to restore damaged streams and wetlands in places like the Acushnet River, the Weweantic River, and the Mattapoisett River to protect clean water and improve the health of the Bay ecosystem so fish, wildlife, and people can thrive.

Freshwater Fishing

From young beginners to expert fishers, anglers of all ages will enjoy freshwater fishing in Buzzards Bay’s ponds and streams. If you’re an outdoor explorer seeking a peaceful respite, venture into the woods for a tranquil morning of catch-and-release fly fishing for native brook trout. Or zip around your favorite pond in a bass boat with friends in search of your next big catch. Curious kids can cast a line by the water’s edge for pumpkinseeds and perch. (Anglers under 15 don’t even need a freshwater fishing license!) Wherever you’re located, you can find a perfect freshwater fishing spot in southeastern Massachusetts.

Swimmer Ben Ostiguy challenged himself to complete his first open-water swim at the Buzzards Bay Swim in 2008. Now, for his 10th year swimming — and the Swim’s 25th anniversary — he’s set himself a new challenge: to double his fundraising donations in support of clean water.


At 4,907 residents as of the 2010 Census, the town of Marion has one of the smallest populations of any town on Buzzards Bay. Marion’s land area covers 14 square miles, all of which is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The town is tucked between Mattapoisett to the west, Wareham to the east, and Rochester to the north. Marion’s shoreline extends 33 miles along Buzzards Bay, including Sippican Harbor, Aucoot Cove, Wings Cove, and the Weweantic River.

Tiverton & Little Compton

The towns of Tiverton and Little Compton are the only two Rhode Island communities located within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The West Branch of the Westport River begins in Tiverton, and the boundary of Buzzards Bay begins at Sakonnet Point in Little Compton. Together, these two towns cover a total of 53 square miles, 41% of which is located within the Buzzards Bay area. As of the 2010 Census, Tiverton was home to 15,780 residents and Little Compton was home to 3,492 residents.