RCMP have confirmed the search for a Calgary man missing in Teslin, Yukon is now a recovery effort.

Although officials did find tracks on the shoreline earlier Friday, RCMP are now saying those tracks belong to the missing man's spouse, who made it to shore after their boat was swamped in Teslin Lake. Search crews no longer expect to find the man alive.

"We are hopeful but it is unlikely at this point," said Staff Sgt. Brad Kaeding in Yukon.

There is still one boat on the water searching and that will continue into next week, he said.

The man went missing after he and his spouse encountered high winds and waves on Teslin Lake, between the border of British Columbia and Yukon.

Late Tuesday evening, the boat was swamped and both ended up in the water.

The woman was able to make it to shore with the help of a flotation device but had to hike two hours before finding a cabin where she called RCMP.

The man is of Russian heritage with brown hair and green eyes. He is described as being about six feet tall and weighing 182 pounds. He was last seen wearing black jeans and a green shirt.

RCMP say the boat, which may have sunk, is described as a 16-foot fiberglass model with a Johnson outboard motor that is blue on top and silver on the bottom.