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After the inconclusive second battle of Pyramid Lake, the federal forces built a small fort at the southern end of Pyramid Lake to deny that area to the Paiutes. Small skirmishes and raids continued until August, when an informal cease-fire between Numaga and white surveyors working in the area north of Pyramid Lake was agreed to. In 1861 the fort at Pyramid Lake was abandoned in favour of Fort Churchill, which was further south, along the Carson River.

While the number of Paiutes killed in action during the Pyramid Lake War was probably quite smallthe disruption to food gathering activities, especially fishing in Pyramid Lake, may have killed more from starvation.

The Bannock War of 1878 may be viewed as a continuation of the Pyramid Lake War, as some Paiutes and Bannock fought in both wars.