There have been proposals over the years, notably a maximum security prison and a casino, but the small size and boat-only access has quashed those ideas. The place might get more attention if it had ever fired a shot in anger. It is very similar to Fort Sumpter in SC, but it never repelled anything of note. At this point, the birds seem to find it useful.This is a great article about Fort Carroll. It is a shame to just let it rot away.