The Hunte is a 198 km long river in north-western Germany (Lower Saxony), left tributary of the Weser. It rises in the Wiehengebirge hills. In the Northern German Plain it flows through lake Dümmer. It flows generally northwards through the towns Bad Essen, Diepholz, Wildeshausen and Oldenburg. It flows into the Weser in Elsfleth. The part between Oldenburg and the Weser is navigable for coastal cargo ships. The Küstenkanal, suitable for inland navigation only, links the Hunte in Oldenburg to river Ems near Papenburg.