Emergency services were called yesterday evening to the area following reports of a concern for the safety of a man.
Police, firefighters and the ambulance service arrived at the scene at Chantry Bridge at around 6.44pm yesterday.
Teams entered the River Calder after reports of a man seen to be getting into difficulties after entering the water.
A West Yorkshrie Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 6.44pm yesterday evening to the River Calder in Wakefield following reports of a concern for safety.
"A man, believed to be in his 30s, is thought to have entered the water before getting into difficulties.
"Police search teams later recovered the body of a man.
The incident is not being treating as suspicious."