The loch, the source the Molendinar Burn, is one a series of kettle ponds in the area, dating from the ice age. Other kettle ponds in the area include, Bishop's, Frankfield, Woodend and Lochend Lochs - the latter are part of Drumpellier Country Park.
In the 1700 and 1800s water from the loch was once used to power various mills, and, in winter, locals would harvest ice blocks from the loch to help keep their food fresh. Later, the council harvested the ice and sold it on.
Between 1924 and 1926 the depth of the loch was increased to allow boating and an island was created.
Today, the park covers some 119 acres and is Glasgow's most important site for migrant and wintering waterbirds.