My little sister and I spent a lot of time on the shallow end, while my brothers spent more time in deeper water. The only drawback to swimming at the long pond were the leeches. Frequently we would wash our legs at the hydrant when we got home, only to discover "mud" that would not wash off. Yep, leeches. We became experts at pulling them off. You'd think that would discourage us from swimming there, but no chance! Swimming at the long pond was a great way to spend a summer afternoon. This is still one of my favorite places.
My husband remembers night fishing there with my brother. After a short time he heard a splash and then saw my brother come swimming by. I guess the fish weren't biting. It is a little chilly to swim right now, but I'm thinking we might have to plan a fishing trip there soon! And if the fish don't bite, well--swimming might be an option.